West Ham and Crystal Palace to go head-to-head in transfer battle for Ireland international

West Ham and Crystal Palace are set to go head-to-head in the January transfer window as the two London clubs bid beat the drop.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Premier League duo are both eyeing up a move for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.

The Irish international only signed a new four-year deal with the Cherries last summer, but both Roy Hodgson and David Moyes are wanting to try to tempt the midfielder to the capital in a bid to boost their survival hopes.

Both managers have identified Arter to add some more steel and energy to their midfields in the hope he can help fend off the threat of relegation. Both sides are deep in the relegation quicksand, with Crystal Palace rock bottom on five points and West Ham in 18th just four points better off, with the clubs winning just three times in their combined 24 Premier League games.

Arter moved to Bournemouth back in 2010 from Non League Woking, and has played for the club in all four divisions of English football during the Cherries rise to the top flight. He has made 225 appearances for the club, scoring 27 goals, and has made six appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

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