According to newspaper reports last week, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers had reached an deadlock in the negotiations for Matt Jarvis, with Wolves rejecting an initial bid of £6m and and an extra £3m in add-on clauses. The player then reportedly handed in a transfer and was left out of the Wolves squad for their preseason friendly at the weekend citing ‘illness’.
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This week Wolves still seem to be playing hardball over the transfer similar to the situation with Steven Fletcher as Wolves have now turned down an inflated bid from Sunderland for the winger.
But from West Ham’s perspective, is his worth this kind of excessive fee? Jarvis is something we are missing, a winger with the propensity to take on the man and deliver a cross however my feeling is that he delivers this too often. He had a quiet season last year – 4 assists in the Premier League, 6 assists the year before.
That’s not a bad return and certainly would improve a team devoid of width and creativity but does that warrant paying the kind of money Wolves want for him.
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Just as with the Steven Fletcher situation Stale Solbakken is determined to make clubs pay over-the-odds for their better players in order to fund their transfer fund and I don’t believe West Ham should be part of this extortionate exodus. There are more reasonably priced wingers available for sale and loan which we should be aiming for before breaking the bank for Jarvis.
But what do you think? Is Jarvis worth the money? Will we ever be able to replace Faubert? Will we ever be able to get crosses into the box? Let us know.
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