£2m loss? West Brom want West Ham winger Matt Jarvis for just £5m

Matt Jarvis

West Ham United winger Matt Jarvis is once again being targeted by West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham United splashed the cash this summer, bringing in the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia - and so far, results have been impressive.

Yet one of the biggest changes for the Hammers was manager Sam Allardyce switching from the 4-4-1-1 system of last season to a new, vibrant 4-1-2-1-2 diamond, which has featured far more flair and pace.

As West Ham's base formation, the use of wingers is becoming less important. Stewart Downing has reinvented himself as an attacking midfielder, but the same can't really be said of Matt Jarvis.

A £7m signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012, Jarvis was previously important for Allardyce, but has started just one Premier League game this season.

During the summer, West Brom were linked with a move to sign Jarvis, and with the Baggies struggling and Jarvis out of the picture at Upton Park, reports now suggest that another move could be on the cards.

The Daily Mail report that West Brom are willing to pay £5m to bring Jarvis to The Hawthorns in January, but should West Ham take a £2m loss on the former England international?

At 28, Jarvis isn't going to realistically get better, and with central midfielders now more important in Allardyce's new system, Jarvis just isn't as vital to the plans anymore.

In fact, £5m may actually be a great fee for West Ham, and that money could help keep Winston Reid at the club, or bring in a new central midfielder or striker.

Taking a loss on a player after just two and a half years would be frustrating, but Jarvis is arguably worth even less than £5m at this stage in his career - and the Hammers should snap West Brom's hand off if they offer such a fee.

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