So far during AFC Bournemouth’s 2019 pre-season campaign, midfielder Harry Arter has been an apparent key member of the squad.
Following his departure from the south coast 12 months ago, many AFC Bournemouth supporters believed that his Cherries career was over.
With the best explanations coming from himself, in an interview featured by Sky Sports in August 2017 and an interview with The Sun newspaper in October 2018.
The most recent October interview really struck a chord with many AFC Bournemouth supporters.
But despite all of that and the on-field situation of competition from Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman, some supporters were hopeful that his inclusion in pre-season friendlies was a sign that he could be staying.
But then over the weekend, AFC Bournemouth’s move for Huddersfield Town midfielder Phillip Billing edged closer.
The 23-year old is reported to have agreed on a five-year deal after the two clubs agreed on a fee of £15million.
He is expected to have a medical on Monday when the transfer is then finalised, that has subsequently seen rumours linking Harry Arter with a move away from Dean Court resurface, with The Sun linking him with a move to Fulham, a link that has been made before.
The link to Fulham is an obvious one, Scott Parker, Harry Arter’s brother-in-law returned to Fulham in August 2018 to become the first-team coach and in February 2019 he became the manager at Craven Cottage.
Parker is clearly keen to bring Arter to London following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship, but finances are currently preventing the move according to the report.
AFC Bournemouth would prefer to sell the Republic Of Ireland international, for a fee of £8million, however, unless Fulham can sell a player first, they are unable to match that asking price.
The report goes on to suggest that a loan switch could be plausible. The report adds…
“They may also dangle the carrot of a large promotion bonus if they go up.”
Neil Dawson wrote…
Arter dominated world-class midfielders at times. Dan Gosling never has. Lewis Cook? I’ve not seen it much but he has the potential for sure So if having to choose between the three I would have Arter ahead of Andrew Surman and Gosling any day and vying with Cook to partner Jefferson Lerma.
I’d start him until Cook was fit for sure. You can forget Ofoborh until he has proven it to Eddie Howe in the early Carling cup games. He would have had the odd feature last year if Eddie trusted him. – Join the conversation, click here.