Redknapp managed to take advantage of Arsene Wenger's hesitation and land the England midfielder for Tottenham - and Parker has repaid the faith with an excellent start to the season.
On the eve of the first north London derby of the season, Redknapp said: "I thought maybe they would take Scotty. That was always my one concern.
"They nearly took [defender Gary] Cahill from Bolton. I thought they wanted to take Scott. I could see him going there are one stage.
"I think in the end we went in for Scott when there was no-one else there, really. He is not going to move up north to wherever.
"And I think Tottenham was the move he really wanted."