Newcastle United have been dealt a bit of a blow in their ongoing pursuit of Arsenal ace Rob Holding as Sky Sports have reported that the proposed season-long loan deal to take him to St. James’ Park has been put on hold for now.
According to the outlet, Mikel Arteta’s team are currently unwilling to let him leave the Emirates Stadium, unless they possibly bring in a replacement that would free Holding to move to the North East.
The Tyneside club have retained their interest in the player but may have to bide their time as the clock ticks in the summer transfer window.
This comes after The Atheltic journalist and Gunners transfer guru David Ornstein reported over a week ago now that the deal to bring Holding to the Magpies was close, but it seems as if the potential transfer seems to be slipping through the fingers of Steve Bruce.
Indeed, the English manager will not want this to happen given Holding’s experience in the Premier League, in where he has played in 39 matches in the top flight over the last four terms, as per Transfermarkt.
The central defender also averaged more passes per game and with a higher success rate than Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles in the EPL in the 2019/20 season, suggesting that he is more composed on the ball and is comfortable in playing out from the back if and when needed.
Does Holding start for Newcastle?
Holding would arguably be another shrewd signing from the Toon given that striker Callum Wilson has already walked through the door, but the Gooners may need more convincing in order for the Englishman to become a NUFC player come the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
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