Arsenal have agreed a deal with Bolton Wanderers to sign their England U-21 international central defender, Rob Holding for $2.6 million. The player has reportedly passed a medical on Monday evening and will be officially confirmed as an Arsenal player after personal terms are finalized.
The 20-year-old played 30 games for Bolton Wanderers in the Championship last season and did enough to convince Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s scouts to sign him this summer. The Frenchman believes that Rob Holding has a bright future ahead of him and will play a crucial role in Arsenal’s defense, few years down the line, as reported by Daily Mail.
Bournemouth were the other English Premier League (EPL) club to show an interest in the player, but Arsenal’s offer seemed too good to reject. Holding wanted to play at the Emirates Stadium and hence it was an easy decision for the Englishman.
The Gunners however were not allowed easy access on the player. Bolton rejected a previous bid of $1.6 million and also rejected a subsequent offer with bonus payments.
The man from Bolton, England started his career with Bolton Wanderers at the age of seven. He progressed well through the youth ranks showing plenty of potential to be a future star. He also spent some time on loan at League Two side Bury in 2015. However, he just played one match for the Shakers during his loan spell before returning to Bolton.
He made his debut for the club on August 2015 in a 1-0 League Cup defeat to Burton Albion. Rob Holding broke into the senior squad of Bolton Wanderers this season and made an immediate impact on the team. Such was his influence that he was named the Player of the Season despite his club getting relegated.
For those who are unaware of the player. Here is a video of him showing his talents.
Video courtesy: YouTube.com/HS Arsenal