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Encouragement For Chelsea As Spurs Scramble For Midfield Help

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This is by no means the biggest news in the world for Chelsea in their Luka Modric pursuit, but it is some sort of news. West Ham United have confirmed that the club is in talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding the future of midfield-playing galactic superhero Scott Parker and his magnificent hair. Specifically, Spurs want to buy him to reinforce their midfield centre, which currently features something called a Jake Livermore for reasons I can't entirely fathom.

Anyway, with Spurs being increasingly linked to central midfield help (Parker joins ex-Blue Lassana Diarra on Tottenham's apparent shopping list), it looks as though they may be able to restock quickly enough to afford the loss of Modric. One of the major sticking points in recent days has been Tottenham's contention that if they were to sell now they'd be unable to find an adequate replacement for Modric before the window closes, but should they land Parker and Diarra, that complaint is rather null and void (ok, maybe the 'adequate' part still stands).

So that's something to keep an eye on, I suppose. Between this and the Tottenham vs. Manchester City match on Sunday, we'll have plenty of indicators well in advance of deadline day about whether or not a Modric deal will happen. I know many of you are hoping not, but I'm still ambivalent about it - Modric is a fantastic player, and for me it all depends on how much they'd have to spend to bring him on.

As for now, it's a waiting game.