Deal close: Bid accepted and medical done as Arsenal are set for third signing

Rob Holding

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on their third signing of the summer after Bolton accepted a bid for young defender Rob Holding, according to reports in Bolton News.

The England Under-21 international has made 26 appearances for Bolton after making his debut for the League One outfit back in 2013 and recently signed a one-year extension to his contract at the Macron stadium.

The report from Bolton news further states that although an initial bid got rejected the North London club have submitted a second bid for the Englishman, which has been accepted by Bolton.

It further states that that the young defender underwent a medical yesterday with the Emirates club and will continue to discuss personal terms this week.

Several Premier League clubs were thought to have been tracking the young centre-half’s progress, and have been linked with moves for the England U21 star, but it is thought that Holding prefers a move to Arsenal.

Bolton were relegated during a disastrous Championship campaign, with Holding a rare bright spark, being voted the club’s Player of the Year by supporters.

With his immense ball interception technique and blocking, he could be the one to lead the defensive unit of Arsenal for years to come. The youngster likes to play long balls, dribble a little and an indirect set-piece threat, it’s obvious that he’s compared with the likes of Tony Adams and Steve Bould.

Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his long-term options in defence and see the England U-21 star to be perfect alongside Chambers in the long run.

There was hardly any chance that Bolton could keep hold of their prized asset following their relegation, coupled with the ongoing effects of the perilous financial position which threatened to see them liquidated last season.

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