Belfast Telegraph

Hammers still in market for Jarvis

Sam Allardyce admits West Ham's move for Matt Jarvis is "stuck" as they have yet to agree a deal with Wolves.

The Hammers have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market since securing promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs. The likes of Alou Diarra, Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame have arrived this summer but Allardyce wants more, including Wolves winger Jarvis.

West Ham have yet to agree a fee for the England international, with reports suggesting the asking price is £10million. "It is stuck - that's the answer," Allardyce said, speaking ahead of the season opener against Aston Villa.

"I don't know how that will pan out now. I think that we'll just have to wait and see. For me, it is on the backburner because Saturday is the most important thing for me and then if it is to be done after Saturday we'll see where we are.

"We have got to try to agree something with Wolverhampton Wanderers. That is the issue we have at the moment, before we get into what the player wants or doesn't want."

While Allardyce hopes to push through a deal for Jarvis, it appears a move for Liverpool's Andy Carroll is dead in the water. West Ham made an audacious bid to prise the £35million striker from Anfield but were thwarted.

"We never agreed with Liverpool any deal to be able to speak to Andy Carroll to see if he would join us," Allardyce said.

"Whatever deal we put forward to Liverpool was not agreed to by Liverpool.

"He would have been a massive signing for us and, like everything else, when you see an opportunity you try to go for it. Then you get onto negotiations and once that is exhausted you move on, which was a lot sooner than people actually talked about in the media.

"The negotiations were over in a couple of weeks or so regarding whether Andy was or wasn't going to come to West Ham."

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