By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Bolton centre-back Rob Holding, according to a report.
The 20-year-old is highly rated on the back of a fine debut season that ended with him being voted the club’s Player of the Year by supporters.
The Sun claim Arsenal have made a second bid of £1.2million for Holding, who they compare to Everton’s John Stones for his ability on the ball in defence.
The opening offer was of £750,000 but that was rejected by the Bolton board, who are keen to hold on to their prized asset to help them get back to the second tier next season.
It is said that Spurs are also keen to sign the Trotters academy graduate, who was one of the few shining lights in a disastrous campaign for the finally-stricken club that ended in relegation from the Championship to League One.
The defender has been on the radar of a number of top-flight clubs since making his first-team debut last August.
Everton and Bournemouth have also been linked with Harding, who has been a mainstay of the team, making 30 appearances, including 26 in the Championship, and recently signed a one-year contract extension at his hometown club.
But it is reported that Holding favours a move to Arsenal and is keen for the transfer to happen if a price can be agreed with Bolton.
Holding is currently with the England’s Under-21s at the prestigious Toulon Tournament and is keen to sort out his future when he returns next week.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a £25million midfielder is eyeing a summer reunion with Mauricio Pochettino.