Scott Parker ready to quit Fulham this week as Bournemouth look set to make him new boss and replace Woodgate
FULHAM boss Scott Parker is eyeing a move to Bournemouth – but the Cottagers are holding out for compensation.
The Cherries have made Parker their No1 target to take over from the departing Jonathan Woodgate.
SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month how Parker was being lined up as Woodgate's replacement.
And now Bournemouth are just thought to be waiting for the 40-year-old to become available, anticipating that he will come to a mutual agreement with Fulham over his departure.
Parker has been in talks over his future with the Cottagers hierarchy – with whom he has had a fractious relationship – following relegation and there is a growing expectation he will leave.
Yet Fulham are adamant they will not let their manager, who still has two years left on his £3million-a-year contract, go on the cheap.
They rate Parker highly and see his previous experience of guiding Fulham out of the Championship as key to their bid to return to the top-flight at the first attempt.
Bournemouth are long-term admirers of the former England star and were hopeful of appointing him last summer, had Fulham failed to win promotion via the play-offs.
But the Cottagers did triumph at Wembley and Parker stayed, overseeing a Premier League campaign which ended in relegation.
Despite the drop, Parker earned praise for making the West Londoners hard to beat and easy on the eye – at least in the middle part of the season – and all on a shoe-string budget.
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Fulham finished in 18th spot – nine points off safety – after winning just five out of their 38 Premier League games.
Woodgate joined the Cherries in February on a deal until the end of the season, but lost in the play-off semi-finals to eventual winners Brentford.
The former Tottenham and Real Madrid centre-back is yet to formally leave his role in the South Coast.
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