Stoke City: Tony Pulis monitors Wolves winger Matt Jarvis
STOKE boss Tony Pulis is keeping a close eye on the mounting interest in Wolves winger Matt Jarvis before deciding whether to make a move himself.
Pulis, a long-time admirer, has been monitoring developments which have reportedly seen West Ham fail with a £4m offer.
Southampton have also been linked with Jarvis as top-flight clubs manoeuvre for position on the 26-year-old.
Wolves are thought to be hoping for a fee of around £8m for a player who still has three years left on his contract.
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But Jarvis could become an unsettled figure if forced to hack it in the Championship at this stage of his career.
Stoke could also chip away at such a high asking price by offering a player in part exchange.
Wolves are known to be in the market for at least one new centre-half as new boss Stale Solbakken re-shapes the relegated squad he acquired a fortnight ago.
That could leave the door open for Pulis to offer Danny Collins or Danny Higginbotham following their failure to break back into his first-team plans last season.
Collins spent time at Ipswich and West Ham last season, while Higginbotham was at Nottingham Forest for three months, so a lengthy loan spell for either is another option.
Pulis is remaining tight-lipped on his transfer policy, but has already revealed there was a long-distance interest in Jarvis when he signed for Wolves from Gillingham five years ago.
"We inquired about Jarvis," Pulis revealed in April, "but unfortunately the deal had already been done. He's a very good player."
Jarvis, a right footer who tends to play on the left, is most recently remembered by Stoke fans for his fleet-footed wing play against Jonathan Woodgate at Molinuex last December.
His work-rate in both directions and his roving eye for goal – he ended last season with five in eight games – have further endeared him to the Stoke boss.
There was some concern that he had started to lose his way after winning his only England cap in a friendly against Ghana 15 months ago.
But his consistency in the latter third of last season, particularly in a team heading towards relegation, didn't go unnoticed.