The Potters boss was chasing the former Wolves winger during the summer transfer window, but was eventually trumped by a £10-million bid from Hammers manager Sam AllardyceStoke City boss Tony Pulis says he has no regrets about his summer transfer business after missing out on West Ham winger Matt Jarvis when raiding relegated Wolves.
Jarvis and Michael Kightly were among the brighter talents at Molineux, and Jarvis eventually joined the newly-promoted Hammers in a £10 million deal, while the Potters ended up recruiting his former team-mate for £3m.
Kightly has played in every game for the Potters this season, and although Pulis admits he wanted Jarvis to join him at the Britannia, he says he is happy with the performances of the man he did manage to sign.
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“He’s a good honest lad and he’s an old-fashioned winger who gets down the line and gets the crosses in. He will give you that service.
“But the deal was a little bit too much for us. Michael’s been very good for us. He’s a great lad and works his socks off.”
Pulis also admitted his pride in Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross after the 25-year-old made his England debut against Sweden on Wednesday.
Mark Chamberlain was the last Potter to play for his country back in 1984, and the Pulis admits his team-mates have been out to ensure he does not get carried away with the achievement.
He said: “The lads were caning him about being too big-headed – it was just banter. Everyone at the club is proud to have broken the 28-year hoodoo.”