West Ham sign winger Matt Jarvis from Wolves

 

West Ham have signed England international Matt Jarvis from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League club announced today.

No fee was disclosed for the 26-year-old, although West Ham said he was the club's record signing.

The winger's contract runs until 2017, with an option for a further year, and he could make his Hammers debut against Swansea on Saturday.

"I'm delighted to have signed," he told the West Ham website (http://www.whufc.com).

"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."

Jarvis will travel with the team to Swansea, having joined his new team-mates on Friday.

"It'll be straight in and hit the ground running. There's no time to think about it, you've just got to get on with it, which is good. I hope to train with the team today and then travel up to Swansea."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said Jarvis would add quality to the 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."

Jarvis made his England debut against Ghana last year.

He scored 19 goals in 162 appearances for Wolves, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, since joining from Gillingham in 2007.

Speaking ahead of the move yesterday, Allardyce claimed he was signing "one of the best final-third crossers in the Premier League".

Jarvis, who has three years of top flight experience with Wolves, is looking forward to playing for West Ham.

"I'm delighted to have signed," he told the club's official website.

"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."

The ex-Gillingham man is likely to be involved at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow and he is keen to start as he means to go on.

He said: "I've been told about how good the fans are hopefully they'll get behind me and I can show them what I can do.

"It'll be straight in and hit the ground running. There's no time to think about it, you've just got to get on with it, which is good. I hope to train with the team today and then travel up to Swansea."

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