If you speak to the fans of the teams Parker has played for, they will tell you how good he is. In a similar way to how not many neutrals will appreciate what Gibson does for us.
For me, I'd certainly take him over Hitz and I think he would offer us a lot more stability in the middle. But with his wages, I would expect someone else to show more interest and money than we would anyway.
Have to imagine Udoh was told something about Reading buying a Nigerian associated with Everton and got the wrong end of the stick. Very amusing.