Tottenham have made a last-ditch effort to sign Bolton Wanderers centre-back Rob Holding, only to be told that he wants to sign for Arsenal.
Spurs are keen to bolster their squad ahead of a renewed assault on the Premier League title next season and, with Federico Fazio set to be shown the exit door, they are in the market for a new defender.
Mauricio Pochettino has been keeping close tabs on Holding, who has been a revelation in the Championship this year.
The promising centre-back
However, the Sun are reporting that the 20-year-old prefers a move to the red-half of North London.
Arsene Wenger has been hugely impressed by the England Under-21 international's performances and he is set to test the Trotters' resolve with a £1.2m bid.
If Holding moves to the Emirates Stadium he will be shunted out on loan to gain experience as he is being tipped for a bright future.
Despite making a desperate attempt to hijack the Gunners' move, Tottenham have been told the versatile defender is not interested in joining their ranks.