West Ham supporters have been pretty deflated in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side kick off the David Moyes era with a lacklustre display in a 2-0 defeat against Watford last weekend, thus keeping them in the Premier League’s bottom three.
The East London outfit relieved Slaven Bilic of his duties during the international break and immediately brought in former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes, who would have hoped for an encouraging start to life as Hammers boss. But there was little for the 54-year-old to get excited about at Vicarage Road as goals either side of half time from Will Hughes and Richarlison sealed a comfortable victory for Marco Silva’s side, in turn moving them up to eighth in the Premier League, and keeping West Ham firmly inside the relegation zone.
Consequently, there have been many disappointed Hammers fans in the Tavern this week, and their mood is unlikely to improve if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by, which suggests that they are set to face competition for the signature of Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.
The 27-year-old made the move to the South Coast outfit all the way back in 2010 and has since played a huge part in taking them from League One to the Premier League, having appeared 247 times for the Cherries, bagging 29 goals and laying on 20 assists in the process.
And his fine efforts in Eddie Howe’s midfield has reportedly attracted the interest of new Hammers boss Moyes, although recent reports suggest that he could face a battle from fellow top-flight strugglers Crystal Palace to land the Republic of Ireland international.
The Eagles have also made a poor start to the campaign and are in dire need of reinforcements over the winter if they are to avoid the drop, but whether either side are able to lure Arter away from the Vitality Stadium very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Harry Arter has been a stalwart of the Bournemouth midfield for many years now, overseeing their incredible rise from League One to established Premier League club.
And his impressive efforts in the Cherries’ midfield reportedly attracted the interest of West Ham boss David Moyes earlier this month, as the Scot seeks to bolster his ranks in January to avoid a second successive relegation as manager.
Yet they look set to face a fight from basement side Crystal Palace for the 27-year-old’s signature, so it could ultimately come down to where each side is at heading into the New Year, and thus their prospects for the season, as to where Arter could well end up come the January 31 deadline, which could bring even further disappointment to already suffering Hammers supporters.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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