West Ham have seen a miserly bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected by Bournemouth, according to a journalist.
The Sun’s Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Hammers offered a low amount to secure the services of the 28-year-old, with the Cherries laughing off the approach from their Premier League rivals.
The Hammers are said to be in the market for some midfield reinforcements during January, but it appears that they will have to try harder to snap up Bournemouth’s central star.
The 11-cap Republic of Ireland international has turned out 15 times for Eddie Howe’s side this season, with a total of 253 outings for the club to his name.
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West Ham manager David Moyes is known to be desperate to secure extra bodies to bolster his side’s midfield, which will only drive up the price for the Hammers. Not only that, the fact they are looking to poach a capture from a Premier League relegation rival will not help their cause either, and Bournemouth will be demanding a pretty penny to be convinced to strengthen their opposition. However, despite the numerous options available to the club, West Ham have reportedly made the move to table a bid, which indicates strong interest, and if they desperate enough to secure his signing then it may be a deal which eventually comes off.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have held positive talks over securing the signing of a six-cap pass master.