Bristol City are at the front of the queue to sign Harry Arter from Nottingham Forest, according to The Sun on Sunday (31/01, p57).
The midfielder is thought to be available to leave the club this month – despite only signing in September.
Arter checked in at the City Ground from Bournemouth and had seemed like an attractive signing.
He was a regular in the Fulham team last season as they won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
Arter has played 14 times for the Reds but hasn’t been included in the last three squads – with injury being cited for his absence.
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Now it seems as though Chris Hughton is keen to shake up his squad and the Robins are keen to add the experienced player.
Forest added James Garner from Manchester United last night and that bumps Arter further down the pecking order.
Arter has flattered to deceive during his time on Trentside and his departure wouldn’t be a huge shock.
He has made 17 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team and has played plenty of games during his career.
Ultimately he hasn’t really looked fit during his time at the City Ground and a move to Bristol City looks best for all parties.
Is moving Arter out the right thing to do?
This is another dagger into the heart of the club’s flailing recruitment team but yes, shifting Arter does make sense.
Forest have an abundance of midfielders who do the same thing and as a defence-minded option, Arter falls into that category.
Offloading him seems like the right thing to do given that Arter is likely to be on a decent contract at the City Ground.
The likes of Tyrese Fornah and Marcus McGuane will be returning in the summer and that will only add to the competition for midfield places.
Allowing Arter to leave before tomorrow’s deadline looks to make perfect sense.