Stoke City managerTony Pulis says he has no regrets about missing out on signing West Ham winger Matt Jarvis.
Jarvis and Michael Kightly were among the brighter talents at Molineux, and Jarvis eventually joined the newly-promoted Hammers in a 10 million pounds deal, while Stoke bought his former team-mate for 3m pounds.
Kightly has played in every game for Stoke 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.
“Jarvis was one we were interested in but the deal West Ham paid for him was always going to be a little bit too rich for us,” the 54-year-old told the Daily Star Sunday.
“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 Stoke player to play for his country in 1984, and Pulis admits his team-mates have been out to ensure he does not get carried away with the achievement.
“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,” he said.