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West Ham have £8million opening bid for Harry Arter rejected by Bournemouth

David Moyes wants the Ireland international to add muscle to his weak Hammers midfield in January

West Ham’s opening £8million offer for Harry Arter has been rejected by Bournemouth.

David Moyes identified the Ireland international as a major target when he took over at the Hammers last month.

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West Ham have had an £8million bid rejected for Bournemoth’s Harry Arter

West Ham are ready to make a £15m move for Harry Arter next month

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Arter signed a new Bournemouth deal in July but could soon leave the Vitality Stadium

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SunSport told you this week that Moyes was willing to stretch to £15m to land the midfielder in January.

But, according to the Sunday Express, London Stadium chiefs have had a first bid of just over half that amount knocked by the Cherries.

Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes believes the squad he inherited from Slaven Bilic is weak across midfield.

Moyes is a long-term admirer of Arter, 27, and believes the hard-working star would add muscle to his relegation-threatened side.

David Moyes has started to enjoy success at West Ham after a difficult start

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David Moyes has identified Arter as his top target in midfield after joining West Ham last month

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He could also be an eventual successor to Mark Noble as the club’s homegrown ‘heart’.

Arter has been a key player throughout the Cherries’ Premier League stint and only signed a new four-year deal at the Vitality Stadium in July.

But he has been in and out of Eddie Howe’s first XI this season, making only 10 league starts.

And Bournemouth could be willing to let Arter leave for the right price – especially if the player expresses a desire to leave.