Alan Nixon has shed some light on Newcastle United’s pursuit to sign Arsenal defender Rob Holding in the current transfer window.
As per a tweet from the football journalist, the move that would see the Englishman join up with his fellow countryman Steve Bruce on a season-long loan deal is “looking very good.”
Think Holding move is looking very good … don’t know other for sure. But believe two in the door today. https://t.co/AZBT3udZqZ
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 2, 2020
Indeed, this comes after The Athletic writer and Gunners transfer guru David Ornstein reported that the deal was close, as all fingers seem to be pointing in the direction that Holding will move to St James’ Park for the new season.
The loan deal is one that would arguably suit both parties involved. Holding is relatively experienced in the Premier League, having played in 39 matches in the division over the last four campaigns, according to Transfermarkt.
The 24-year old has also won FA Cup trophies and two Community Shield titles, including recently beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sublime first-half strike was cancelled out by Japanese international Takumi Minamino in the second half.
His winning mentality may be useful to the Magpies as they look to rack up enough wins on the board in the Premier League in 2020/21.
The defender also averaged more passes per game and with a higher success rate than Newcastle centre-backs Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles in the top flight last season, suggesting that he is more composed on the ball and is comfortable in playing out from the defence if and when needed.
With Mikel Arteta’s side having seven other senior centre-backs currently on his books, maybe it is a wise idea from Arsenal as well to let Holding go out on loan to the northeast.
Does Holding start for Newcastle?
Nevertheless, according to Nixon, there seems a good chance that the centre-half will be moving to Tyneside.
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