Big Sam: Jarvis move has stalled
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
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
“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
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
“He would have been a massive signing for us and, like
everything else, when you see an opportunity you try to go for
“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.”
Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to add more faces
this month, but for now he is only interested in getting a good
result against Villa.
“I think there is a lot of excitement around the place,
obviously because we’re getting closer and closer to kick-off,” he
“I think we have prepared pretty well, I think the only slow
process, as always, is (bringing) players in. That has been the
only slow process.
“We have been working extremely hard at it, but to be able to
complete the signings has been very difficult indeed.
“We are pleased with the players we have brought in, but we’re
still waiting to bring a few more in before the end of the
One of the additions, James Collins, came from Saturday’s
opponents Villa and is fit to face his former club after a groin
However, Collins’ fellow Wales international Jack Collison
continues to struggle with a knee injury.
“James Collins will train tomorrow fully with us and Jack
Collison still hasn’t trained with the first-team squad since the
play-off final,” Allardyce said.
“James Collins is okay, but Jack Collison is a big concern to me
having come through the summer right up without really joining in
any form of training. We would have expected that by now, which is
a great shame.
“It is his knee – the one he had operated on two or three years
“We probably played him too much towards to the end of the
season and he gave that little more effort and it aggravated the
“It has been a great shame for him that he has not been able to
come in with the rest of the squad and feel the excitement we are
feeling towards the start of the new season.”