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Cardiff City have secured season-long loan deals for two midfielders.

Victor Camarasa joins the Bluebirds from Real Betis and Harry Arter from Premier League side Bournemouth.

Camarasa, 24, passed a medical on Thursday morning before training with the squad.

Arter, 28, made 23 appearances for Bournemouth last season and has also won 13 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock had been pursuing Liverpool’s Marko Grujic following a successful loan spell, but the deal fell through.

Warnock had stated he also wanted to bring in a striker on loan ahead of the weekend’s start of the Premier League season, but has now prioritised his midfield instead.

Harry Arter
Harry Arter began his career at Charlton Athletic

Arter said he was “delighted” to sign for Cardiff.

“It’s a big change for me having been at the same club for so long. It’s a new challenge, and one that I’m very excited for,” said Arter.

“Hopefully I can be a positive influence. Every player wants to affect the team in a good way, both on and off the pitch.

“I’ve had some great experiences with Bournemouth, getting promoted and staying in the Premier League, but now I’m looking to create similar experiences here.”

‘Rabbits out of a hat’ – analysis

BBC Sport Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips

Neil Warnock pulled two rabbits out of the hat with the deadline day captures of Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter.

The ultimately fruitless wait for Marco Grujic to return on loan from Liverpool, threatened to undermine the Cardiff recruitment. Arter’s signature brings needed Premier League experience in a midfield which required strengthening.

Cardiff would have loved to have brought in an experienced striker, too. There is much responsibility on players to make the step up.

Neither the late arrivals, nor the previous summer recruits – Bobby Reid, Alex Smithies, Josh Murphy and Greg Cunningham – registered too strongly on the Premier League’s Richter scale, especially in the light of bigger spending by fellow promoted clubs Wolves and Fulham.

That was never going to happen given owner Vincent Tan’s feeling of having his fingers burned on recruitment the last time Cardiff were promoted to the top flight.

Logically it’s virtually impossible to make a case for Cardiff staying up. But logically, it was impossible to make a case for Cardiff going up automatically last season. Football often defies logic, just see Warnock’s career for details.

Last time Cardiff were promoted to the top flight, the club was divided, on and off the pitch. This time the club is united in hoping Warnock can deny all logic again with what would be his ultimate managerial achievement – Premier League survival.

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