Arsenal are closing in on the capture of Bolton youngster Rob Holding in a Â£1.5million deal with potential add-ons.
Holding broke into the Bolton side last term and managed to impress despite their relegation from the Championship as he was named the club’s Player of the Season.
The Gunners have been tracking the 21-year-old for some time and are understood to have seen a bid of Â£750,000 rejected by the Wanderers.
It was claimed that the Lancashire outfit were holding out for a Â£7million fee but such a figure always seemed fanciful, given their well-documented financial worries and the fact they will be playing in the third tier next season.
Reports now indicated the two clubs have agreed a Â£1.5million up-front transfer fee for the centre-half with the possibility of further add-ons.
Holding, who made his England Under-21 debut during the Toulon tournament last month, is expected to complete his move to north London in the coming days, potentially after Bolton have named their new manager with Phil Parkinson expected to be confirmed as Neil Lennon’s successor imminently.
If Arsenal do manage to snare the Wanderers academy graduate it remains to be seen as to whether or not he will feature in Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans for next season or if the Gunners will seek to send the defender out on loan.