So now you're going to believe me! I kept saying that Parker was heading for Spurs in the last transfer window but the deal was scuppered by Van der Vaart's price reduction. I predicted some weeks before the window closed that Keane was heading across town with Parker going in the opposite direction, and we discovered, on the final day, that Babel was all set to fly south to join Tottenham in a three way transfer love in. The failure of Parker to sign that contract extension said it all - he wanted out!
Well it looks like the deal has been revived. Expect Cole to join Liverpool, Babel to move to Spurs, Keane to replace Cole and Parker to link up with 'Arry in January. I expect Keane to join us on loan, with 'Arry paying £8m to land his man. Cole will bring another £10m into the Davids' coffers and Behrami's sale will add another £6m to the relegation insurance pot. Upson is probably on his way out for another £3million.
Who will come in apart from Keane? The Obinna deal may be made permanent for £2.5m and I expect Ben Haim to be signed for a futher million as a replacement for Upson. The priority will then be a left back, an alternative right back and a left midfielder. Don't be surprised to see us bid for Etherington and expect to see Chris Eagles and Danny Fox exchange one Claret & Blue kit for another, with Kranjcar possibly being used as a makeweight in the Parker deal too .
The pack is going to be shuffled and the Parker ace will be sacrificed to make it all possible. Just as I predicted. Is it asset stripping? Sullivan will claim not but the wage bill will be reduced and money will be banked in anticipation of spending a season or two in the Championship.