Gunners winning defender race

Arsenal are leading Tottenham in the race to sign Bolton defender Rob Holding, with a deal set to be finalised in the next few days.

Arsenal: Gunners winning defender raceArsenal: Gunners winning defender race

The 20-year-old, who was crowned Bolton’s player of the season, is one of the most highly-rated defenders outside of the Premier League and Bolton are ready to cash in following relegation to League One.

Holding will not come cheap though and Bolton are holding out for a fee in the region of £10million, a figure both Arsenal and Tottenham seem prepared to match.

Reports claim Arsenal are close to doing a deal after caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips was asked to leave him out of the side that took on Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

“I was asked by the board of directors not to play him yesterday,” Phillips told The Bolton News. “He was in the line-up on Friday morning but that’s as much as I know.

“It would appear some clubs are interested in him somewhere down the line. I think the wheels are still in motion on that one and it’ll be a few days before we get an outcome.”

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