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FORMER Ireland youth cap Harry Arter is ready for a midfield battle with Steve Gerrard in the FA Cup this weekend.

Arter is part of the Bouremouth side which hosts Liverpool in the fourth round on Saturday and for the 24-year-old, the chance to test himself against Gerrard is something he relishes.

"I have watched Gerrard since I was a kid and he is someone I have always looked up to as a player. He is one of the best midfielders of my generation," says Arter, who made his Ireland debut with the U17s in 2006 and went on to win 11 youth caps.

"If he plays, it will be really good to test myself against him and I am sure I will try to learn as much as I can from him in the 90 minutes I am up against him.

"When I was growing up, he was quite young and broke into the Liverpool team. From a young age, he has been one of England's best midfielders.

"Being a midfielder myself, he is someone I have always looked up to. Although we play a little bit differently, he is someone I try to watch as much as I can and learn as much as I can from him. If he plays against us on Saturday, I could see him close up and it would be a really good test to play against him."

ROONEY AT DONS

EX-Ireland U21 cap Adam Rooney will complete a move to Aberdeen - and join the large Irish contingent at the club - in the next 24 hours.

Rooney, 25, is currently at Oldham but the League One side have said that Rooney is available for transfer and Aberdeen are close to sealing a deal.

The Dons are currently second in the SPL table and Willo Flood, Jonathan Hayes, Joe Shaughnessy, as well as former Derry City man Niall McGinn, have impressed for the Pittodrie side.


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