West Ham have seen an opening bid of £8million for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected by the Cherries ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Express claim that Hammers boss David Moyes is a big fan of the 27-year-old’s energy and hard-work in midfield, and has made the midfield terrier a key target next month.

The newspaper report that Moyes believes the squad he inherited from Slaven Bilic is weak in the central midfield area, and is looking to bring in reinforcements as he looks to avoid relegation.

It is said that the Hammers’ initial approach for Arter, believed to be an offer of £8million, has been rebuffed, but Moyes is expected to return with an improved bid during the window.

The Scot is believed to want three or four new signings in January, and Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is another option.

Republic of Ireland international Arter has struggled for regular game time under Eddie Howe this season, making just 11 Premier League appearances, and the Cherries are said to be ready to sell as they need to recoup some funds.

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Football Insider verdict: 

Arter has shown himself to be a decent Premier League player at Bournemouth, and it is surprising to see him left out so often by Howe this term. The Cherries look to be open to a sale, and if West Ham make an improved bid, then Arter could very well be playing at the London Stadium very soon. Arter offers them a solid option in midfield, and will complement Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate well in the centre of the park. For a team embroiled in a relegation battle, Arter’s hard work and strong play will be an asset to the Hammers down the stretch. 

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are reportedly lining up a £20million bid for this proven PL enforcer.

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