Middlesbrough have been linked with plenty of midfielders across the transfer window, and were reportedly interested in a move for Bournemouth’s Harry Arter this week.

Middlesbrough identified Arter as one of their main targets for a central midfielder, along with Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa and Everton’s Muhamed Besic.

However, Arter has completed a deadline day switch to Premier League new boys Cardiff City, as opposed to making the step down into the Championship. As well as Middlesbrough enquiring about the Irishman’s availability, Stoke City also registered their interest.

Arter didn’t get the playing time he wanted last season, and featured only a mere 13 times for the Cherries in the Premier League. Although he may not have been actively looking for a move away, he may have been seen as surplus to requirements by boss Eddie Howe.

Bournemouth have also just signed Colombian World Cup midfielder Jefferson Lerma from Levante, and Arter would have found himself even further down the pecking order now, and has made the switch to Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City to get valuable playing time.

Boro had been linked with over 10 players on transfer deadline day, and didn’t sign any players on a permanent contract, and will have to make loan signings if they are to bring anyone through the door. Arter could have been a perfect addition to the side, with the Republic of Ireland international’s experience in both the Championship and the Premier League, Middlesbrough would have benefitted hugely from Arter signing for the club.

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