Aston Villa are thought to be involved in a three-way fight to sign Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter, according to the Irish Independent.
The 29-year-old is also attracting interest from Championship duo Fulham and Stoke City following Bournemouth’s decision to permanently offload.
Arter spent a season on loan at Cardiff City during 2018/19, playing 25 games as the club were relegated despite a campaign where they challenged fiercely.
A switch to Fulham is perhaps most intriguing. Scott Parker, the newly appointed manager of the Cottagers, is Arter’s brother-in-law and that could prove an attractive proposition.
The chance to stay in the Premier League with Villa could prove too much of an incentive, however. Dean Smith’s men reached the top-flight after defeating Derby County on Monday in the Play-Off Final.
Arter has been a class act for Bournemouth. After nearly ten years at the club he will be able to depart this summer should he find himself a new club.
Arter showed at Cardiff City that he is capable of playing in the Premier League.
Although the Bluebirds couldn’t avoid the drop, Arter didn’t disgrace himself and it is no surprise he has suitors vying for his services.
It looks as though Villa and Fulham will have the edge over Stoke when it comes to securing his signature.
If Arter was to arrive at Villa Park he would represent a significant upgrade on his countryman Glenn Whelan. The veteran could well depart in the summer after playing well during the club’s promotion-winning campaign.
Whoever lands Arter will see their midfield ranks bolstered significantly and other clubs might yet emerge as his availability becomes common knowledge.