Three reasons West Ham must forget Harry Arter and sign Lewis Cook instead

According to reports in The Sun, West Ham United have had a £5m bid turned down for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.

The Sun says that Cherries manager Eddie Howe has had to sit the Republic of Ireland international down and explain the decision to him, with the 27-year-old not being a regular in the south coast outfit’s midfield this season.

Irons boss David Moyes is keen to bring Arter to the London Stadium to bring some bite in the centre of the park, but The Sun says they will have to pay more than twice their initial offer to sign the Irishman, who only penned a new four-year contract at the Vitality Stadium during the summer.

One of the main factors in the midfielder finding himself in and out of the team has been down to the emergence in the starting line-up and the performances of teammate Lewis Cook, who is rated at £5.4m according to Transfermarkt and is now establishing himself as a key first-team player for the Premier League strugglers having joined them in July 2016.

Moyes and the Hammers could choose to look elsewhere having seen their initial bid for Arter rejected, and bringing Cook to the club could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons West Ham must forget the 27-year-old and sign his Bournemouth teammate instead…