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Harry Arter's careful comments over summer 'discussion'

Harry Arter's comments about his situation at Bournemouth have apparently put a potential transfer to West Ham back on the agenda.

The Hammers were keen to sign the Republic of Ireland midfielder in the January transfer window but Bournemouth made it abundantly clear they were not willing to sell the 28-year-old.

Arter has started only 11 Premier League games this season and, despite insisting he is '100 per cent committed' to the club, admitted it was only natural that a player of his experience would question whether he should stay if he cannot get into the team.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: 'When a player my age is not playing and someone who is desperate and just loves playing football, there comes a question over whether long term it is going to the right place for me.

'Ultimately if I am not playing, there has to be a change - and I am sure the manager would understand that.

'If I don't play between now and the end of the season and am a continued spectator then, naturally, there would be a discussion.'

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