Nottingham Forest have agreed on a deal with Charlton that will see Harry Arter join the club on loan, according to Football Insider. The Republic of Ireland international isn’t currently training with the first team and has been deemed surplus to requirements.

The 31-year-old joined Forest in the summer of 2020. On the face of things he looked like a decent addition. Arter had just helped Fulham back into the Premier League, playing 29 times during 2019/20.

He’s managed just 14 outings for the Reds though and hasn’t convinced Chris Hughton. Arter will now join the club that he left 12 years ago on loan for the remainder of the season.

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The central midfielder played for the club’s under-23 ranks last week. He played in central midfield as the Reds drew 0-0 with Southampton to claim their first Premier League 2 point.


Arter has fallen behind Ryan Yates, Jack Colback, Cafu, James Garner and even youngster Tyrese Fornah in the pecking order. With that in mind, letting him head out on loan makes perfect sense.

Astonishingly, Arter was handed a contract worth £38,000-a-week. It represents a clear sign of where things were going badly wrong with the former CEO overseeing transfers.

Is letting Arter leave good business for Forest?

The only negative to this deal is that it’s not a permanent deal. Forest will, however, be able to offload a percentage of his wages to Charlton once the deal goes through.

Nigel Adkins must be aware of what he is getting himself in for. Arter has looked way past his best whenever he’s pulled on a Forest shirt and offloading him makes perfect sense.

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He will go down as one of the biggest flops in Forest history and it’s a massive disappointment that he’s not been able to showcase his talents to the club.

Forest must learn from this debacle as quickly as possible and ensure they don’t seek to hand players in their thirties substantial contracts in the future.

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