AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists that midfielder Harry Arter will be going nowhere in light of reported interest from West Ham United.
Since November, Premier League rivals West Ham United have been linked with a January transfer window move for the Cherries midfielder.
Arter’s rise through the football league pyramid has been well documented.
Arter was a trainee at Charlton before an Achilles injury ended his hopes of joining a Football League club when he was released in 2009.
He went on to join then sixth-tier side Woking and later opted to join AFC Bournemouth in 2010 for a reported fee of £4,000.
AFC Bournemouth had just won promotion from the fourth tier of English football and Arter would go on to play an instrumental part in the following two promotion campaigns, the first in 2013 when the Cherries won promotion from the third tier and two years later he was voted player of the season as the Cherries were promoted to the top flight of English football for the first time in the clubs history.
Over the next couple of seasons he has established himself as both a top flight player and international with Republic Of Ireland.
This season has been somewhat stop-start for Arter, with the midfielder unable to reach his own high standards of form on a regular basis.
However his appearance against Burnley did edge him to 250 appearances for the club.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…Harry is going nowhere.
“He`s integral to the team, we gave him a four-year contract in the summer demonstrating our love for him…
“…When he is playing well he is here, there and everywhere on the pitch. He has an impact on all moments…
“…When he plays well, the team tends to play well. He is a driving force and almost the heartbeat of the team in the middle of the pitch…”
I thought he looked his old self against Man United,I think he is realising his place is under serious threat from L Cook.
I wouldn’t want to see him leave,I think he can still be a big player for us. – Join the conversation here.
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