Nottingham Forest will prioritise getting Harry Arter out of the club during the January transfer window, according to John Percy of The Telegraph. The player earns £40,000-a-week and hasn’t played for the club since January 2021.
Given his huge wage packet, Forest are naturally keen to bring an end to his time at the club. That won’t be easy, however, with Arter currently training with the club’s academy ranks.
It’s been a remarkable fall from grace for the Republic of Ireland midfielder. His last competitive game came for the under-21s in a Notts Senior Cup clash at Ollerton Town who play in Division One of the Northern Counties East League.
Forest won that game 2-1 and face Gedling Miners Welfare in the quarter-final of the competition tonight. It remains to be seen whether Arter will get another run out with Forest actively looking to offload him.
The Reds landed the 33-year-old in the summer of 2020. He was signed by Sabri Lamouchi shortly after he’d helped Fulham reach the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.
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In total, he’s made just 14 appearances for the Reds; with his last coming during a 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the FA Cup, almost two years to the day.
Since then he’s been fighting to save his career. He spent some time on loan with Charlton last season and when they opted to terminate his loan, he dropped into the National League with Notts County.
Forest will prioritise Arter departure
This will be harder than it sounds. The player hasn’t played football at a decent level for over a year and he’s hardly likely to be an attractive proposition during the current window.
Arter looks like a lost cause at Forest. It’s sad when a professional infuriates his employer and it doesn’t come as a surprise that the latest report suggests the club have been upset with his attitude.
The player has offered very little to Forest. Even when he was signed amid plenty of positive comments, he’s never really looked like the player that has made 94 Premier League appearances during his career.
Arter would be a player that supporters would unanimously claim needs to leave the club. Given his sizeable wages, however, the prospect of him leaving this month does look bleak from a Forest perspective.