Date: 8th August 2018 at 6:00pm
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The Sun reported yesterday that we are one of four teams pursuing Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.

Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Stoke are also said to be interested in the Republic of Ireland international with the Cherries reportedly seeking £10m for the player. However, Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder has denied that we are interested in the 28-year-old:

Although frustrated with the lack of transfer activity, most fans on Twitter are relieved that we are not in for Arter:

Some still would have liked to have seen the Irishman at St James’ Park:

It looks certain that there will only be a maximum of two arrivals at the club before the transfer window closes tomorrow. A left-back and a centre-back are believed to be the main targets, while a move for a central midfielder is quite a way down the list of Rafa Benitez’s transfer priorities.

A move for Arter was therefore highly unlikely, especially with Bournemouth demanding quite a sizeable fee. Do you think we should have gone after the midfielder? Let me know in the poll.

 

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