WEST HAM have had an opening £8million bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected by the South Coast club.

New Hammers manager David Moyes is a huge fan of the hard-working Cherries midfielder and has made him a key target for January.

The West Ham manager believes the squad he inherited from Slaven Bilic is weak in central midfield, and is looking to bring reinforcements.

Republic of Ireland star Arter has been in and out of Eddie Howe’s struggling side this season, starting only 10 League games so far. The energetic midfielder only signed a new four-year contract in July, but Bournemouth could be ready to sell as they need to recoup funds.