Queens Park Rangers hope to persuade Scott Parker to drop out of the Premier League having indicated they would be willing to meet Tottenham Hotspur's £2m valuation for the England midfielder.
Parker, like Tom Huddlestone, has been told he can leave White Hart Lane this summer, with Spurs on the verge of adding the Brazil international Paulinho to their central-midfield options. The 32-year-old was signed for Spurs by Harry Redknapp, now at QPR, two years ago and was a key member of the side thereafter, with the relationship between player and manager still strong.
Yet Redknapp must still persuade Parker to lower his wages from £60,000 a week and drop into the Championship in a World Cup year, with the midfielder still hoping for a role in Roy Hodgson's senior squad should they reach Brazil 2014. That may be difficult if top-flight clubs seek to secure his services, though only Sunderland have expressed an interest in a player whose instinct would be to remain in the capital.
Fulham, who still hope to add the Wolves winger Bakary Sako to their ranks, may yet emerge as a likelier destination.
Paulinho is expected to complete a £17m move from Corinthians and will return to European competition, having featured for Vilnius in Lithuania and the Polish club LKS Lodz earlier in his career. "They [Spurs] made an offer to my agent and to Corinthians, I sat down, analysed the proposal and chose Tottenham," he said. "We think it was the best path, the best option. I am moving from one big club to Tottenham, another club in a big league. I am sure I will perform my job to the best of my ability. I don't regret and I won't regret [this decision]."