Harry Arter's loan move to Cardiff is one that has seemed to suit all parties involved up to this point. The Ireland international has had regular playing time in the Premier League, being one of the key contributors in a surprisingly competitive Cardiff City team. The Bluebirds got a quality player with little financial commitment, while Bournemouth seemed more than happy with his progress in Wales.
However, reports have surfaced that indicate the deal may be cut short. The Irish Independent are reporting that Arter's parent club are considering recalling the midfielder this month, with a number of clubs interested in signing him on a permanent deal.
Bournemouth have the option of recalling the player during this window, and they may do just that as they seek to cash in on his strong form this season.
With Abdoulaye Doucouré possibly leaving the club in the current window, Watford have identified Arter as a potential replacement. Aston Villa are also interested in his services, as they attempt to push up the Championship table.
Arter missed Cardiff's 3-0 loss at Newcastle yesterday due to a groin injury, and the decision on his future lies largely in his own hands. A transfer to Watford may be appealing as it allows him to move closer to his London home, but playing time will no doubt be a major factor in any potential deal.
At 29-years old, the 14-cap Ireland international is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing consistently. While Cardiff has offered him the chance to do just that, becoming a regular starter at a club like Watford would no doubt be a step up.
A transfer to Aston Villa would be a bit more puzzling, and one would think it unlikely that he would choose to move down the divisions should an offer from the Premier League be on the table.