Scott Parker has joined Fulham in a deal worth an estimated £3.5m.
The 32-year-old signed a three-year contract following a successful medical on Monday afternoon. He turned down the chance to be reacquainted with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers, who had also made a bid for his services.
Fulham will be Parker’s fourth London club, having also represented Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and West Ham United before enjoying two years at White Hart Lane. He had fallen down the pecking order at Spurs following the summer signings of Paulinho and Étienne Capoue.
Parker – at the time the reigning Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year – joined Spurs in August 2011 from West Ham in a £5.5m deal, making his debut at Molineux shortly after in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Parker soon became a fan favourite at the Lane, with his all-action performances alongside Luka Modric in midfield helping Spurs to fourth place in the league.
Parker was named as Spurs’ Player of the Season and won a place in the England squad for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. He started all four of England’s games in the tournament, but aggravated an Achilles tendon injury which kept him out of the start of the 2012/13 season.
Having taken longer than expected to recover from the injury, Parker returned to the team in December 2012 and soon won back his place in the side. He continued to start regularly for the remainder of the season, albeit playing a slightly more advanced role than he had previously. Parker’s final game was the 1-0 home win over Sunderland, as Spurs finished fifth and narrowly missed out on Champions League football.
In total, Parker played 63 games for Tottenham, but failed to score during his time with the club.