The Bolton News reports that Arsenal have had a £2million bid for Bolton Wanderers centre back Rob Holding accepted. The highly-rated defender is set to undergo a medical and then talk personal terms later in the week.
The Barclays Premier League giants have been chasing the England Under-21 starlet for some time now. It is understood that two other Premier League clubs have also bid for the international youngster, but the 20-year-old has his heart set on a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners declared their interest in May. This led to Holding sitting out the Trotters’ final Championship match of last season. He penned a one-year contract extension earlier this summer, but this was an option that was triggered after playing a certain amount of games.
New manager Phil Parkinson recently acknowledged that their was big interest in his prized possession. Nevertheless, he was adamant on the asking price and that he wouldn’t leave unless that was reached.
He made 30 appearances last season, scoring once, that coming in the January home victory against MK Dons. He was also sent off in the April home defeat to Reading.
Bolton were understood to be hoping to immediately loan Holding back for next season once his Arsenal deal goes through, however this is not likely to happen. Considering the amount of interest in him, it is perhaps Arsenal who may see this deal as something of a coup. Holding is definitely set for a very bright future in the game.