​Arsenal are closing in on signing young Bolton defender Rob Holding, dubbed the 'next John Stones', after a second bid for the player was confirmed.

 

Football Insider have reported that an Arsenal source has provided information on the club's pursuit for the 20-year-old, who are hopeful of tying up the deal as quickly as possible.

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Having sent an opening offer of £750k to the Bolton board, this was rejected in an attempt to keep hold of their prized asset, who is seen as instrumental in providing an immediate return to the Championship after a disappointing campaign that ended in relegation for the former Premier League side.

 

It has been confirmed, however, that the Gunners have provided a second bid, which is more in the range of £1.5m plus add-ons, which appears to be enough to sway the club in selling the centre-back.

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Holding has also appeared to favour a move to the Emirates, and would be keen to get the deal over the line as soon as possible, despite apparent interest from a number of other Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth, Everton and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

 

The young player has stood out as a shining star in an incredibly hard and negative season for Bolton, with the Trotters academy graduate becoming a figure point of the team, making 30 appearances, including 26 in the Championship, having only made his debut for the senior side last summer.

 

The 'next John Stones', named due to his ability on the ball from his defensive positions, was recognised for his consistency last campaign by winning the Bolton Player of the Year award, and looks set to take that good form to Arsene Wenger's North London side this summer.

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