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Midfielder staying put

22nd January 2019, 09:27 by Nick Harris

Watford boss Javi Gracia looks to have missed out on transfer target Harry Arter who is set to stay with Cardiff.

Gracia had wanted to add the combative midfielder to his ranks for the second half of the season but it looks unlikely that will now happen.

The 29-year-old joined Cardiff from Bournemouth on a season-long loan in August and has forced his way into the side on a regular basis as Neil Warnock's men battle to stay up.

Bournemouth have a clause which allows them to recall Arter and reports claimed they have been pondering the possibility of exercising that option, with a view to selling him on.

Both Watford and Aston Villa are thought to have contacted the Cherries in this window regarding a permanent deal for the Republic of Ireland international.

However, a deal looks unlikely at this stage as Bournemouth are happy for him to stay where he is.

A Cardiff spokesman confirmed the situation when saying: "There is a [recall] clause, which at the moment they are not exercising. Bournemouth have informed Cardiff City of that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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