Scott Parker: the time he nearly joined Fenerbahce

Scott ParkerCould Scott Parker move overseas? With Tottenham Hotspur apparently keen to offload him, anything is possible (although Queens Park Rangers look the likely destination). Prior to joining Spurs in 2011 though he nearly did leave the country play in Turkey, leaving West Ham United…

Reports in some corners of the press today suggest that West Ham United captain and Player of the Year Scott Parker has turned down the opportunity to sign for Turkish Super Lig champions, Fenerbahce. Parker, who looks set to move on from the Hammers after their relegation to the Championship, is more keen on a move in England, according to Metro

Whether the £8 million asking price asked for by West Ham was met by the Turkish side is unclear, but Parker refused to entertain the idea. The club do have some money to splash and are known to pay well, as the likes of current regulars Alex and Mamadou Niang will testify to.There is also the prospect of direct qualification to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, something achieved due to their title success last season, achieved due to a better head-to-head record against Trabzonspor, after the two sides finished level on points. This did not seem enough to convince Parker that a move to Turkey was worthwhile.

Fener won their first league title in four years this past season, under the stewardship of Aykut Kocaman. In total they have won the Super Lig title 18 times, and the cup four teams. However, Champions league success has always eluded them, hence the desire to strengthen their squad. There was talk earlier in the close-season of a move for wantaway Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

If the reports are to be believed, Parker is not keen on a move overseas, partially because he is sure Tottenham Hotspur are set to put a bid in for him. It could well also be the case that Parker is keen to keep himself in the England spotlight, now he is a regular in the national team squad of Fabio Capello.

Had he have joined the club, Parker would have been only the second Englishman to play for Fenerbahce after Dalian Atkinson. The former Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday front man scored ten in 22 appearances for the club back in 1995/96. They have had three English managers in their history though, the last of which was Oscar Hold in 1964/65 season. The former Norwich City and Everton striker led the club to the league and cup double that year, before moving on to Demirspor.