Saturday 25 August 2012
Matt Jarvis has returned to the Barclays Premier League by joining West Ham United. The east London side agreed an undisclosed fee with Wolverhampton Wanderers for the winger, who has signed a five-year deal with an option for a further year.
"He is one of the best final-third crossers in the Premier League"
The 26-year-old played 108 matches in the Premier League with Wolves scoring 15 goals, before they were relegated last season. He has one England cap, won in a friendly international against Ghana in March last year.
He expressed his delight at the move and his hopes for making the match away to Swansea City, which is Saturday’s early kick-off.
"It's a great club and it's got great history and tradition," Jarvis told the club's website. "Hopefully I will add a bit of pace, crossing and deliveries that will provide some assists.
"It'll be straight in and hit the ground running. I hope to train with the team today and then travel up to Swansea."
Sam Allardyce was pleased to have secured the services of Jarvis. "It is a big piece of business for a terrific young man who will add a lot of quality to our team, the West Ham manager said. "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."
Another player to leave Wolves today is Steven Fletcher, who has signed a four-year deal with Sunderland and goes into the squad for the home match with Reading.
"Steven Fletcher has a proven track record of scoring goals"
The 25-year-old forward scored 12 goals for Wolves last season in the Barclays Premier League and is Martin O'Neill's third summer signing after Carlos Cueller and Louis Saha.
"It has been no secret that we needed to strengthen our attacking options and Steven has a proven track record of scoring goals," O'Neill told the club website. "He is young and constantly improving and he will be a very welcome addition to the squad. I'm delighted that we've been able to bring him to Sunderland."
Later in the day, Adam Johnson joined from Manchester City, signing a four-year deal. "With the manager’s ambition and the players he's brought in already, the club is progressing quickly and that’s another reason I wanted to sign," Johnson told the club website. "[It's exciting times] without a doubt. Sunderland mean business and the signings made suggest that.
"I want to perform on the pitch for the fans and I'm just looking forward to getting out there now."
Cesar Azpilicueta has joined Chelsea from Marseille for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old right back, who represented Spain in the London Olympics becomes the fourth Spaniard at Stamford Bridge, linking up with Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard goes into the Chelsea squad for the match at home to Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
Swansea have paid a club-record fee to Celtic for South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung. The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal but was not registered in time for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at home to West Ham United.
"When I look at Swansea I see a club that is growing and growing, and the style here is very attractive to me," he told the club website.
"Last year I watched them a lot in the Premier League and they did things very differently to a lot of the other teams. They wanted to keep the ball and pass it around, which I love to do. When they didn’t have the ball they worked so hard to get it back quickly."