Sheffield United now lead the chase to sign Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter this summer, reports the Irish Independent.

They are one of four clubs said to be interested in Arter. Yet the Blades are the only one who can offer him Premier League football.

The 29-year-old wants to remain in the top flight if possible, making a switch to Bramall Lane appealing. United are preparing for their first season in England’s top tier in 12 years.

Cardiff City are keen on Arter after he spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan in the Welsh capital. Stoke City are also keeping tabs on the situation concerning the Republic of Ireland international.

Finally, Fulham want to sign Arter as well. The Whites’ new manager, Scott Parker, is his brother-in-law and the pair have a close relationship. Not only that, but Arter is based in London.

However, they are only prepared to make a loan offer. If the Cherries are to let their longest serving player leave, then it needs to be on a permanent deal.

Do Sheffield United need Harry Arter?

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The Blades have made seven new signings since earning promotion from the Championship. That is likely to be increased to eight with the imminent arrival of Oli McBurnie from Swansea City.

Central midfield is a particular area that United aimed to improve. John Fleck, Oliver Norwood and John Lundstram are currently the only natural options in the position.

Two of the new arrivals – Luke Freeman and Ravel Morrison – are able to operate there, but prefer to play further forwards. Another new face in Ben Osborn also provides cover, but is seen as a versatile squad member with the ability to play at wing-back as well.

Therefore, signing Arter may not be the worst idea. The Irishman turns 30 in December, though, meaning he doesn’t fit into Chris Wilder’s plans of acquiring young players with the potential to increase their value.

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