Arsenal told to up defender bid

Bolton have insisted they are in no rush to cash in on Arsenal target Rob Holding and will hold out for their asking price.

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The Gunners have failed with at least one bid for the highly-rated central defender and reports have claimed they are preparing another one in the hope of concluding a deal.

However they will have to get closer to Bolton’s £7million valuation as Trotters chief executive Dean Holdsworth says they are in no rush to do a deal and will hold out for big money.

Holding has just been called up to the England under-21 squad, and while Holdsworth admits Holding will move on at some point, it has to be for the right kind of fee.

“It has to be a deal that suits the football club and not anyone else,” he told The Bolton News. “If it isn’t right we will not do it. He is going to play in the Premier League all day long. He will be a top player and I think he could go on to be an international.

“He has got representatives who speak to us and keep a dialogue with us. His heart is here and I think it always will be. At some point he will go on. I think he has to for his career because we rate him that highly.

“But right now we need to do the best for the football club and the fans.”

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