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DONE DEAL: West Ham Complete Costly £10.75m Signing Of Wolves Winger Matt Jarvis

Jarvis signs at Upton Park.

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of England international winger Matt Jarvis from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

Jarvis becomes West Ham’s club-record signing after agreeing a contract until 2017 – with an option for a further year – and could be in line to make his first appearance in claret and blue in Saturday’s game at Swansea City. The 26-year-old leaves Wolves after five successful years that saw him earn his first England cap and be named Wolves’ Player of the Year in 2011.

Jarvis’ career began at Gillingham, where he made his debut in 2003 at the age of 17. He went on to make over 100 appearances for the Gills and he was named in the League One Team of the Year in 2006/07.

He moved to Wolves in June 2007 for an undisclosed fee and helped the club to gain promotion to the Premier League the following season. Jarvis’ first game in England’s top-flight was against the Hammers and he quickly made his mark in the Premier League with a number of eye-catching displays.

SOURCE: West Ham United Official

We have no wish to be unduly negative about West Ham’s new number seven but England international? Really? The man made one sub appearance in March last year and hasn’t been near the England set-up since.

That said, Jarvis is a undoubtedly a capable player who can play a big-part for West Ham if he stays fit and gets consistent game-time.

The fee of £10.75m will raise eyebrows however, particularly when Wigan’s Victor Moses, who is five years younger and a better player already, is set to join Chelsea for £9m.

While Wolves have done some great business, Sam Allardyce has been forced to pay over the odds because Jarvis is English and Premier League proven, meaning there is no risk that he will fail to adapt to the English game or get chronically homesick.

But surely risks on cheaper foreign stars are worth taking, particularly when you consider that Swansea’s new boy Michu costs just £1.7m and, we boldly predict, will almost certainly outscore Jarvis this season.


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