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Saturday 16 December 2017

Spurs boost as Redknapp closes in on Parker

Glenn Moore

harry redknapp was last night set to complete his third transfer in two days after persuading Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to stump up for Scott Parker.

Levy, who prefers to invest in players with a sell-on value, had been reluctant to pay for the 30-year-old, who is expected to cost around £6m plus add-ons.

The deal follows the captures, on Thursday night, of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City, and Spanish U-21 midfielder Yago Falque from Juventus, both on a year's loan.

QPR had also been chasing Parker, but Neil Warnock felt more than compensated with the capture of Joey Barton on a free transfer from Newcastle United.

The Magpies pointedly thanked Barton, who has been in innumerable scrapes and served time in prison for assault while at Newcastle, for his "on-field contribution".

Barton, who has signed a four-year deal, immediately started tweeting that he was "incredibly excited to be joining QPR at this pivotal time in their history".

He then achieved a new twist on the obligatory photograph of a player with his new club shirt by tweeting it himself.

QPR have also signed full-back Luke Young from Aston Villa.

Unfortunately for Warnock, whose squad is hit by injuries and suspension, neither deal was completed in time for today's match at Wigan.

Warnock hopes to bring in at least two more players. Armand Traore, the Arsenal full-back, and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips are thought to be his main targets.

Liverpool have allowed Alberto Aquilani move to Milan on a year's loan with an option to extend his stay until June 2014.

Milan can make the injury-prone midfielder's move permanent if he makes 25 appearances this season.

Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Juventus, cost Liverpool £18m when they signed him from Roma in 2009.

With a dressing-room peg free, Kenny Dalglish hopes to conclude Sebastian Coates' arrival but faces unexpected competition, with Atletico Madrid reportedly bidding £9m for the Uruguayan defender. (© Independent News Service)

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