Fulham are closing in on the capture of Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, according to reports in the Irish press this morning.
The Irish international, who is the brother-in-law of Fulham manager Scott Parker, was left out of Bournemouth’s final pre-season friendly against Lyon yesterday and is expected to join the Whites on loan in the next couple of days. The deal would complete Fulham’s protracted attempt to bring in the experienced midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff in the Welsh side’s ultimately unsuccessful fight against relegation from the Premier League.
Arter, who had attracted interest from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs, is understood to be very keen to move closer to his London home and team up with Parker at Fulham. The 29 year-old has made more than 250 first-team appearances in over ten years at Bournemouth, whom he helped to win promotions from League One and the Championship.
Parker has been keen to add depth to his midfield options having seen Jean-Michael Seri and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa leave the club on loan over the past couple of weeks. Fulham have also been in need of a back up option to Kevin McDonald, who played as the holding midfielder in yesterday’s disappointing opening day defeat at Barnsley.