Hammers' Jarvis move 'stuck'

Collins fit to face former club Villa; Collison struggling for opener

Matt Jarvis: Wolves are reported to want £10million for the winger

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Sam Allardyce does not know if West Ham United will be able to agree a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers for winger Matt Jarvis.

Sky Sports sources on Thursday morning revealed the Hammers had failed in a third bid, believed to be in the region of £9.5million, for the wide-man.

Reports suggest Wolves are holding out for £10m and it remains to be seen whether Jarvis will join the likes of Alou Diarra and Mohamed Diame in moving to Upton Park.

"It is stuck - that's the answer," Allardyce said, speaking ahead of the season opener against Aston Villa, when asked about the move for Jarvis.

"I don't know how that will pan out now. I think that we'll just have to wait and see.

Backburner

"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."

Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to add more faces this month and he had been interested in Liverpool's Andy Carroll, but for now he only wants 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 said.

"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.

Hard work

"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 window."

One of the additions, James Collins, came from Saturday's opponents Villa and is fit to face his former club after a groin injury.

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," said Allardyce.