McCarthy - Jarvis has a price
Mick McCarthy has no intention of selling Matt Jarvis, but admits every player has his price.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 01/04/11 5:18pm
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has no intention of selling Matt Jarvis, but admits every player has his price.
The winger has enhanced his reputation considerably this season, with a number of impressive showings helping him to catch the eye.
England boss Fabio Capello is among those to have taken note of the 24-year-old's talents and handed him an international debut in Tuesday's friendly date with Ghana.
Reports now suggest that Jarvis could attract plenty of attention once the transfer window re-opens, with Liverpool the latest to be linked with a summer approach.
McCarthy insists the former Gillingham man is not for sale, as he only penned a five-year contract at the start of the current campaign, but appreciates that his hand could be forced by a big-money bid.
He said: "Jarvo has been here and done nearly five years. He has been wonderful for us.
"But if a top-four club comes in, offers unbelievable amounts of money for him, he wants to be a regular in the England team, and he can do whatever he wants with his salary and his career and can progress, it becomes very difficult.
"The other scenario is we go 'no chance, we've stayed up, we are adding to the squad, we are going to do this or that'.
"There is no suggestion of him being for sale or anyone else for that matter but it's football. Who thought Fernando Torres would be sold for £50million and Andy Carroll for £35million?
"No-one is not for sale. That is complete and utter gobbledegook. Let's deal with it like adults. There are certain scenarios you just cannot stop."
Jarvis is expected to line-up for Wolves at Newcastle on Saturday, as they attempt to take another step towards Premier League safety.
He will not be providing ammunition for Kevin Doyle, though, as the highly-rated striker damaged knee ligaments while turning out for the Republic of Ireland and is set to be replaced in McCarthy's starting XI by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
On his striking poser, the Wolves boss said: "Kevin has been terrific but someone else has got to play. Sylvan is coming in, he has got to play.
"If I bemoan the loss of one, it kind of detracts from the ability of the other.
"I prefer to look at Sylv, who can score goals. He has got to play as well as Doyley, simple as that. He has scored goals when involved. I've no worries about that."