Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, has revealed that he did try his best to sign Scott Parker from West Ham this summer, but the midfielder opted to stay in London.
The 30 year-old completed a deadline day transfer to Tottenham Hotspur after a summer full of speculation that he would be leaving the Hammers.
As an alternative, Wilson Palacios was brought to the Brittania Stadium in a deal that is thought to be worth around £8m, freeing up space for Parker to join Spurs.
Pulis said in an interview with The Sentinel that: “We did have a go for Parker. It was something we were trying to do for a few weeks but we realised that if he could, he wanted to stay in London.”
He added: “I felt there were certain areas of the team we can improve and have to improve and that was one of them.”