Parker signs new deal with West Ham

West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has signed a new contract which keeps him at Upton Park until 2013.

West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has signed a new contract which keeps him at Upton Park until 2013.

The England midfielder told the club's official website: "I am very happy, pleased and excited - especially after all the speculation in the transfer window - that I can now put that to rest and sign a new long-term contract.

"In the last few weeks, the way the club is going and the direction that the manager and the board want to go is something I want to follow."

Parker continued: "By signing my new contract, it says that I want to do this as well.

"It also says a lot about West Ham. There have been a lot of negative things written, saying there was a crisis and all of that.

"This shows that West Ham are in a position to keep their players when others want them and as a player and for the fans, that is a great thing.

"The manager (Gianfranco Zola) showed a real desire to keep me. He sees me as a massive part of the squad and that meant a lot to me, especially when there were things being written everywhere. So I am delighted to sign."