Jarvis completes West Ham transfer

West Ham United officially confirmed the signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolves on a club record fee.

26-year-old winger Jarvis completed his move to West Ham for a fee which is believed to be in the region of £10.75 Million and in some further good news will be available for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.

The winger has penned a 5-year-deal with the option for a further year is now West Ham’s new record signing, eclipsing the £9m the club paid for Savio Nsereko back  in 2009.

Jarvis, who has been handed the No7 shirt, had a productive season for Wolves last year scoring eight goals in a relegation doomed campaign.

Speaking with WHUFC.com Jarvis confirmed his delight at joining up with the mighty Hammers:

I’m delighted to have signed. It’s a fantastic club and I’m pleased to be here. It’s a great club and it’s got great history and tradition. I know about Bobby Moore and the history and tradition that go with that.

I’ll be playing with some fantastic players and it’ll be great to get into training and I’m looking forward to playing with them. Hopefully I will add a bit of pace, crossing and deliveries that will provide some assists.

Sam Allardyce was equally delighted that the deal has gone through and had nothing but praise for Jarvis:

From my point of view it is a big piece of business for a terrific young man who will add a lot of quality to our team.

Certainly from an attacking sense he is one of the best final-third crossers in the Premier League and his stats were very good at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He delivers in the business end of the field and creates a lot of chances and is a player that can give opposition defences an awful lot of trouble. We are hoping he will produce that for us.

So Matt Jarvis is officially a West Ham United player and will now be terrorising full backs at The Boleyn, it feels as though this transfer has been drawn out for some time and I am glad he has finally signed and look forward to Jarvis paying back his transfer fee with some fine performances in claret and blue.

Iron Bobby

West Ham to sign Matt Jarvis

News coming out this morning is that West Ham have finally agreed terms with Wolves for the transfer of Matt Jarvis.

The deal is apparently £7 Million up front with a further £3 Million of add-ons and appearance related payments for the winger, this represents a huge profit for Wolves on the £600k they paid to Gillingham for his services in 2007.

West Ham have been chasing Jarvis for some time and have had three previous bids rejected, but it looks like their persistence has finally paid off with Sam Allardyce hoping to have Jarvis available for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.

Reports are varying over that status of his medical, with some saying he has already completed it and others saying he is due to undertake it today.

No doubt Jarvis is a good player but is £10 Million too much to pay for the 26-year-old? Why do English players cost so much more than an equally good foreign import? The way I am looking at it is if Liverpool can spend £20 Million on Stuart Downing then Jarvis is a bargain 🙂

I am not sure how the Jarvis deal will impact on deals for wingers Royston Drenthe and Razak Boukari, hopefully Drenthe will still be brought in on a Bosman free transfer from Real Madrid as he can play left wing and left back so could provide cover for Jarvis or be first choice left back. Boukari as I understand it is a right winger which again I feel we are light on so it would be nice if we could get all three!

In other news I hear that the plug was pulled on Moussa Konate who has now joined Russian club FC Krasnodar. I believe the club still has numerous irons in the fire so to speak so we could still see some more fresh faces at The Boleyn.

Iron Bobby

Royston Drenthe set to sign for West Ham

Royston DrentheNews coming out is that Royston Drenthe is set to sign for West Ham on a free transfer.

Royston Drenthe is a Dutch international who was released by Real Madrid this summer, some of you may remember him from last season as he was on loan at Everton where he had an impressive spell.

Everton decided not to sign Drenthe on a permanent deal because of some of the field antics, and the 25-year-old has reportedly rejected several lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East in favour of returning to England to ply his trade in the Premiership.

Drenthe can play left back or left midfield and during his time at Everton he made 27 appearances, scoring four goals and making seven assists.

It is believed Drenthe is set to sign a three-year deal with West Ham United but we await official confirmation.


West Ham make £10 Million Jarvis bid

West Ham have gone back to Wolves again with another bid of £10 Million according to the BBC.

Wolves have already turned down three previous bids from West Ham for their prized winger.

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham have been tracking 26-year-old Jarvis all summer and hope to finally secure his signing in time for the trip to Swansea on Saturday.

Jarvis, the one cap England international played in Wolves 3-1 win over Barnsley in the Championship last night.

Manager Stale Solbakken said after the match:

It’s not my money so someone will make a final decision. I don’t know if the two clubs are still talking.

I’ve had my say and the final call will be taken. We do it together and we’ll do the best for Wolverhampton.

So Jarvis could well be turning out for West Ham sooner rather than later, having been at the game on Saturday against Villa I think we desperately need a good wide player to deliver some ammunition for the strikers.

£10 Million is a lot of money though and would prefer to put a cheeky bid in for Adam Johnson of Man City to see if we could acquire him for a similar fee.

What do you guys think? Good transfer dealings or waste of money if it goes through?

Iron Bobby

Sam Baldock Leaves West Ham

West Ham United confirmed this evening that Sam Baldock has joined npower Championship club Bristol City.

Baldock, 23, joined West Ham from MK Dons in August 2011 and made 22 appearances and scored five goals for the Hammers, has joined Bristol City on a three-year contract.

Speaking to WHUFC.com Baldock said:

I would like to thank the fans for always supporting and encouraging me. The fans are what make the club so special and are the driving force behind its success.

There are some really great people involved in the football club who I wish every success for, and I also wish the team every success in the future.

The striker is believed to have cost Bristol City in the region of £1.5 Million plus add-ons.

Having started off very well for West Ham the goals dried up for Baldock, coupled with injury and the signings of Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard in January, Baldock never really threatened playing for the first team again.

Piquionne departing?

Fredi Piquionne, remember him? Well hopefully he will also be on the move soon with offers apparently being accepted from both Brighton and Leeds United.

Iron Bobby


Match Report: West Ham 1 Aston Villa 0

West Ham captain came to the Hammer’s rescue yesterday with a decisive goal that has got the irons out of the Premiership starting blocks with a win over Aston Villa.

Kevin Nolan came to West Ham’s rescue yesterday against Aston Villa and got us off to a great start. it happened just after 40 minutes when the West Ham captain found Ricardo Vaz Té’s cross and all Nolan had to do was guide the ball into an open net. Nolan’s goal get’s the Hammers off to a flyer – that all important first game of the season, too!

Big Sam Allardyce had this to say of his captain after the game:

“Kevin’s a goalscorer. A lot of people look at him as a midfielder.
“But he is a David Platt. He gets on the end of things, ghosts into the box without people understanding how he got there. It was through instinct he found that chance. While all the other players are standing watching, Kevin is on the move and he pops it into the back of the net.
“Kevin is as good as any striker in the box. He’s a great finisher and that’s his outstanding quality, proven over many years.”

Nolan’s goal caused a bit of a stir, too. The linesman raised his flag as he thought Vaz T´was in an offside position from Mark Noble’s free kick up the right side of the box. Vaz Té kept a cool head as Ref mike Dean over ruled the linesman and found Nolan running toowrds the net to slot home the only goal of the match.

The controversy was later extinguished as video footage found the ref to be totally correct in his decision. Before Nolan’s goal the Hammers were pretty poor and many a fan could be heard complaining about Allardyce’s long ball game. it’s early days yet lads, let’s see what Sam has got in store for the season!

West Ham had more chances than Villa and although the Brummie outfit had the greater possession they never looked like bothering West Ham too much.

So that’s round one over and West Ham have a win in the bag