Amazing what one England call-up can do for you? We’ve yet to see Matt Jarvis start in an England shirt but already he’s been the subject of frantic transfer speculation. Newcastle, Liverpool and Aston Villa are all apparently considering bids for the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder.
Jarvis rang his parents at their local curry house, when he found out he’d been given the call-up. It’s no secret that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley likes a curry or two..or three..or four. Could that be where he got the idea to sign up the midfielder.
Liverpool are apparently sending scout Jakob Friis-Hansen to the England game on Saturday, to see how well Jarvis links up with their new trophy signing Andy Carroll. If Jarvis proves he can deliver the sort of service that Carroll can thrive on, and Liverpool have so far been unable to provide, then the Reds would be falling over themselves to make a bid. Aston Villa also waded into the fray, earlier today. All three clubs are desperate to recruit at the end of the season, and Jarvis fits the bill perfectly.
Ironically, Jarvis was worth just £600,000 in 2007, but now canny Wolves are planning to slap £1 million on top of that base figure. With three cash-rich clubs chasing him though, we could see Jarvis’ transfer figure reach £10 million, or possibly over. Undoubtedly, Wolves will make the most of any opportunity to start a bidding war, so it looks unlikely that any club will get a bargain for the young player.
The 24 year old is a North East boy, having grown up in Teeside. So far this season, he has scored 4 goals from midfield and made 6 assists for Wolves.
That’s the same number of assists that Joey Barton’s made by the way…call me cynical but could Barton’s reputation have prevented him from getting an undoubtedly deserved call-up? It’s unfortunate if that’s the case, because Barton has been in good form for the Magpies this season. Still, Barton’s loss is Jarvis’ (and Wolves’) gain.
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