West Ham are prepared to splash the cash in order to secure Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in January with Andre Ayew lined up for an exit, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Republic of Ireland international midfielder is a firm favourite of Hammers boss David Moyes and that he is willing to spend £15million on the 27-year-old.
A regular for the Cherries in recent seasons, Arter has been in and out of the first team set up this season, with just 11 league appearances from a possible 17, 10 of which have come in the starting XI under Eddie Howe.
West Ham are also said to be readying the January exit of attacker Andre Ayew, as they hope to ship him off to former side Swansea City in the upcoming window, who they signed him from for a club record of £20.5million in the summer of 2016.
Football Insider verdict
New West Ham boss Moyes has been with his side for a couple of weeks now and will have quickly established what is needed ahead of the January transfer market. His squad is filled with attacking talent but may be missing the grit and industrial nature he desires, with Mark Noble the only notable exception. Arter has proven himself at Bournemouth but splashing out £15million reeks of desperation from the Hammers, who should be able to prise him away for less. As for Ayew’s proposed exit, he has not lived up to expectation this season, despite a couple of bright displays, and if they can recoup most of the fee paid to Swansea, then it might be a wise move going forward.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are considering a move for this £20million-rated enforcer after a contract revelation.