According to Wales Online, Cardiff City are close to securing Harry Arter on a season-long loan, as the midfielder’s prospects looked bleak at the south-coast club.
With Bournemouth announcing the marquee signing of Jefferson Lerma for £25m, Arter (valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt) was unlikely to feature much for The Cherries this coming season. A move to the Welsh capital will give him a chance of a lot of game time, where he could make a serious impact.
The 28-year-old has been at Bournemouth since 2010, when the club was playing in League One. He was a mainstay in the club as they rose two divisions to the Premier League. He featured heavily for The Cherries in the first two seasons in England’s top division, but his game time decreased last term.
The emergence of players such as Lewis Cook has seen Arter fall down the pecking order at the club he has been a vital player for. But now seems the right time for him to move on, as Bournemouth appear to have a lot of ambition, shown by the purchase of Lerma.
It’s a reality of football, that some teams outgrow their players, and there is a chance that Arter is a relic of another time at Bournemouth, of a newly promoted club that are just content staying in the division. But as teams develop, players fall by the wayside, and Arter appears to be a victim of this.
That is not to say that he cannot do a fantastic job at Cardiff. He will bring a lot of experience of how to survive in the Premier League, which The Bluebirds and Neil Warnock will find crucial.
Cardiff face a daunting prospect in staying in the Premier League this season, and will be licking their lips at the chance to team up with Arter.