According to talkSPORT, Everton are readying a second bid for Bolton defender Rob Holding, after having a £10m bid turned down by the Trotters.

20-year-old Holding, who was voted Player of the Year by fans this season, is a product of the club’s Academy set up and is reportedly highly thought of by Toffee’s boss Martinez.

The youngster, who has made 26 appearances for the Trotters this season, scoring once, and his consistent performances for relegated Bolton have alerted the likes of Everton who talkSPORT say have seen “their opening offer rejected by the new Bolton hierarchy.”

talkSPORT then quote ‘sources’ who say hat Everton boss Roberto Martinez is “currently preparing a second bid” for the young defender who recently signed a one-year contract extension at the Macron Stadium.

However, the Merseysiders are reportedly not alone in their pursuit of Holding with fellow Premier League big guns Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs, alongside Bournemouth, also reportedly keeping tabs on the Bolton defender.

Bolton’s co-owner Dean Holdsworth is under no illusions that Holding has what it takes to make the ste pup to the big league, and was quoted in the Mirror saying, “Rob is very much a modern-style centre half. We rate him very, very highly at Bolton Wanderers and I think he can go on and have a good career.”

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