TRANSFER TALK: Sunderland and Tottenham linked over England midfielder Scott Parker

Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker
Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker
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SUNDERLAND are unlikely to pursue Scott Parker, whose availability is being touted around by Tottenham Hotspur.

The Londoners are looking to rebuild and strengthen this season and want to ditch 33-year-old Parker, hoping to replace him with Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.

Barry, at 32, is only a year younger than Parker but is not as injury-prone – Parker making only 15 league starts for Spurs last season as knocks took their toll.

Parker is no stranger to the North East, having played for Newcastle United between 2005-07, and there are claims that he is Paolo Di Canio’s top target this summer.

Di Canio played alongside Parker at West Ham and the £4m asking price would be well within the Black Cats’ range.

Parker, like Di Canio, is a supreme professional and would undoubtedly be a positive influence in a dressing room where the Italian is looking to raise standards.

But Ellis Short has had enough of expensive players over 30 who generally arrive on sky-high pay and Parker’s £70,000 a week wages would be a sticking point.

There is also the issue of his fitness and form after a long career built on hard-tackling and high-tempo work threatens to take its toll.