Harry Arter at the centre of Championship bidding war

Harry Arter at the centre of Championship bidding war

Midfielder Harry Arter is on the search for a new club after ruling out a return to Bournemouth

Following the tragic stillborn birth of his daughter three years ago, Harry Arter and his wife have ruled out any chance of returning to Bournemouth due to the unthinkable memories which now come with playing for Eddie Howe’s side. He went out on loan to Cardiff City over the last twelve months, presenting his best form through being away from a club where he’d previously suffered unimaginable emotional trauma.

It was expected that he’d make his deal permanent in Wales, but with the club finding themselves relegated, he had to consider all options as he deals with the reality of having to drop back down to the Championship. During his time at Cardiff City, Harry Arter commuted from his residence in London, but he could be set to join a side closer to home as he plans a route away from the South East coast.

Regularly working as a reliable figure within central midfield, Harry Arter has picked up interest from several Championship clubs, and it could be the case that he’s left with no choice but to drop down a division in order to regain the happiness he once had playing football. He’s spoken openly about how he ‘felt it could be a good time to move on’, and his performances at Cardiff City proved that he was still capable of putting on top performances at the highest level.

Fulham are realistic favourites to sign Harry Arter

Maintaining most of his key attributes, wanting to stay near to London, and only taking the step down to the league below if he’s at one of the stronger sides makes Fulham an expected favourite to sign Harry Arter. Paddy Power price their chances at 4/5, and it could be the case that the below EVENS price continues to drop in future weeks as he rules out any remaining chance of playing any further away from London.

It’s been a far from inspirational season back in the Premier League for Fulham, but they’re hoping to bounce straight back as former player Scott Parker goes into his first full term as manager. The Cottagers have already convinced Aleksandar Mitrovic to stay – the Serbian signing a five-year contract extension – but further acquisitions are needed if they want to challenge for promotion yet again.

Prior to learning of his efforts to stay in London, Cardiff City would have been certain to sign the midfielder permanently, but the report of his inhabitance makes them third favourite at 9/2, with Stoke City as 11/4 second favourite after becoming widely known for homing a lot of ageing Premier League talent. Bookmakers only offer one route which would keep him in the Premier League in the form of Aston Villa at 9/1, but any opportunity under Dean Smith would surely be based on whether he thinks the player would be capable of keeping the Villains up in what must be an almost faultless campaign.

Aston Villa Harry Arter Dean Smith

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa would be Harry Arter’s only chance of remaining in the Premier League, but bookies doubt his chances.

Full Harry Arter Transfer Odds

(Odds taken from Sky Bet)

Fulham – 4/5

Stoke City – 11/4

Cardiff City – 9/2

Aston Villa – 9/1