West Ham will not allow England internationals Scott Parker and Rob Green to leave on the cheap following their relegation to the Championship, according to chairman David Gold. The Hammers slipped out of the Premier League on Sunday following a 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Wigan, with manager Avram Grant shown the door almost immediately.
Midfielder Parker and goalkeeper Green have been two of the very few players at Upton Park to emerge from a miserable campaign with any credit and are widely expected to be on the move in the summer.
Football Writers’ Association player of the year Parker, who is sure to attract a host of suitors, admitted prior to the Latics loss that he could not give any guarantees over his future should the club be relegated.
But Gold insists that unless the East London outfit receive an acceptable offer for their key men, then they will remain part of the squad pushing for an immediate return to the top flight.
“We are going to do everything in our power to keep our best players,” he said. “We must receive the proper amount of compensation for any player that we sell. If we don’t then the player will stay with us in the Championship.”
“I’ve said in the past it will be very difficult to ask an international to come and play in the Championship when traditionally England players aren’t picked in the Championship.”