Holding set to seal Arsenal move

Rob Holding
Former Bolton defender Rob Holding (Getty)

BOLTON WANDERERS are set to sell young defender Rob Holding to Premier League giants Arsenal.

 

The Gunners have reportedly had an increased bid of around £2m for Holding accepted by Wanderers.

It is believed that the 20-year-old centre-half has already had a medical at Arsenal, with talks over personal terms continuing this week.

Holding had played one game on loan at Bury before making his senior debut for Bolton last August but he went on to make 30 appearances last term, winning the club’s player-of-the-season award.

Despite being unable to stop the Trotters being relegated to League One, the Wanderers youth product attracted a host of Premier League scouts and was called up for England’s Under-21 squad, helping them win this summer’s Toulon tournament.

Arsenal’s interest was first revealed in May and led to Holding being left out of Bolton’s final game of the season. He had already triggered a one-year contract extension though, meaning Wanderers could demand a much better fee if they cashed in this summer.

New manager Phil Parkinson is hoping to reinvest some of the money and has been linked with former Brighton defender Gordon Greer.

David Wheater also aims to earn a new deal. The out-of-contract defender is still training with Wanderers at their new Lostock base.