Newcastle should rival West Ham for Bournemouth's Arter

Bournemouth's English-born Irish midfielder Harry Arter (L) vies with Newcastle United's Spanish striker Mato Joselu during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle...

Newcastle should be on the lookout for a new central midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.

Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter this summer, but should Rafa Benitez throw Newcastle United's hat into the ring and rival David Moyes' side for the midfielder's signature?

The Daily Mirror claims West Ham are interested in signing the 27-year-old ace, as new Hammers boss David Moyes wants to strengthen his midfield with the January transfer window looming.

Arter has been in and out of Eddie Howe's starting eleven at the Vitality Stadium of late, starting only one of the Cherries last four games.

Republic of Ireland's midfielder Harry Arter (L) takes on Moldovia's midfielder Eugen Cebotaru (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Republic of Ireland...

An unused substitute against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, Arter was a late replacement for Lewis Cook against Stoke City before starring in the middle of the park against the Toon during Bournemouth's 1-0 win at St. James' Park.

Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino has been sidelined with a back injury for upto two months, and that leaves just Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame as options, with Jack Colback and Henri Saivet ostracised.

The Evening Chronicle claims Newcastle are set to receive a cash boost in January whether their impending takeover is completed or not, as they are expected to be given a "sizeable chunk of the Premier League's centralised prize pot."

That will give Benitez money to spend and Merino's injury has highlighted the need to add a central midfielder in January, with Premier League experience required to keep the Toon afloat come May 2018.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Bournemouth at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-...

Arter's tough-tackling nature would add bite to a soft Newcastle midfield, while his 63 appearances in England's top flight would provide Benitez with the top-flight know how needed to help the Magpies avoid relegation.

Also known for his intricate passing and long-range shooting ability, Arter would be the perfect addition to the Toon's midfield should Benitez look to rival the Hammers for the seven-time Ireland international.

Partnering playmaker Shelvey would see the Toon boast an impressive midfield combination that could be the key to helping them survive the drop.

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