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West Ham midfielder Scott Parker is under consideration for a dramatic return to Chelsea, it emerged last night.

The Blues are in sudden need of a midfielder after discovering Michael Essien could miss six months following surgery on a knee injury suffered in training last week.

Hammers joint-owner David Sullivan last night refused to confirm whether the club had already been approached by Chelsea over the transfer of Upton Park talisman Parker.

Confirming the Essien news, a Chelsea statement said: “Following injury to his right knee in training last week, Michael Essien had surgery today to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus.

Another of the names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge to replace Essien is that of Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote.

The Ivory Coast star – who only signed a new deal at the club in February – was superb in his first season on Tyneside, with the highlight of his campaign the dramatic equaliser in Newcastle 4-4 draw against Arsenal in March.

Parker, however, appears a stronger candidate, as he is known to Villas-Boas from his time at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho in 2004-2005.

Chelsea’s young coach was impressed by Parker’s conduct during his spell in west London, despite being frustrated by a lack of regular first-team football.

The midfielder also stood out during the ritual, under Mourinho, which saw players deliver pre-match team talks.

Parker went on to prove his leadership qualities last season when delivering a similar oration to inspire his West Ham team-mates from 3-0 down at West Brom to grab a point.

Signing Parker would also help boost the club’s English contingent.

Chelsea currently have only six domestic players in their squad and one of those, striker Daniel Sturridge, is expected to either be sold or go out on loan in search of regular action.

Source: Mirror

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