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Soccer Rumors: Steven Fletcher Will Transfer from Wolves… Is Matt Jarvis Next?

Scott Fletcher will return to the Premier League after Wolverhampton agreed Wednesday to a transfer fee of about $22 million from Sunderland. Fletcher likely will be joined in the English Premier League by Matt Jarvis, who has been the target of West Ham United for several weeks.

Fletcher, who played eight matches for Scotland from 2008-10, was starting his third season with Wolves, which had been relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. The forward led the team with 12 goals last year, for what it’s worth. Three previous transfer offers by Sunderland had been rejected. Fletcher handed Wolverhampton a transfer request on August 8 and did not play in its first two league matches due to an ankle injury.

Fletcher has also played for Burnley, during its Premier League season of 2009-10, and Hibernians from 2004-09.

West Ham this week made its fourth transfer offer to secure Jarvis, with the amounts increasing to the current reported offer of approximately $15.8 million, with $11 million up front. While word began spreading Thursday morning that Wolves had accepted West Ham’s bid, no officials from either club had confirmed the reports.

Jarvis, a winger, posted eight goals during his fifth season with Wolves last season. He has played in both of Wolverhampton’s league matches this season.

Jarvis has played once with the English national team, as a substitute during a March 2011 friendly against Ghana. He previously played for Gillingham from 2003-07. Gills will be a beneficiary of approximately $1.5 million from a sell-on clause included when he went to Wolves for a fee of about $900,000.

Wolverhampton previously lost winger Michael Kightly in a transfer to EPL side Stoke City.