David Ornstein has claimed that Newcastle United are close to signing Arsenal ace Rob Holding on a season-long loan deal.
As per an article from The Athletic, the journalist has also claimed that the deal is unlikely to include an option for a permanent buy, but perhaps even having Holding on loan for just a term would suit both parties.
Do Newcastle need another centre-half?
Indeed, the 24-year old is relatively experienced in the Premier League, having played in 39 games in total over the last four campaigns, according to Transfermarkt.
Holding has also won FA Cup titles and two Community Shield trophies, including recently beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine first-half goal was cancelled out by Japanese international Takumi Minamino in the second.
His winning mentality may be useful to Steve Bruce’s team as they look to rack up enough points on the board in the top-flight table for the new 2020/21 season.
The central defender also averaged more passes at a higher success rate than Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles in England’s highest division in the 2019/20 term, suggesting that he is more composed on the ball and is comfortable in playing out from the back if and when needed.
With Mikel Arteta’s side having six other senior centre-backs currently on his books, as well as LOSC Lille ace Gabriel, who is expected to move to the Emirates Stadium, maybe it is a wise idea from AFC too to let Holding go out on loan to St. James’ Park.
Nevertheless, the potential deal has not been finalised as of yet, but Ornstein has claimed that it is close.
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