Top-flight team poised to land Arsenal star in loan deal on one condition - report
Burnley have made enquiries about the possibility of signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding on loan, according to a report.
It has emerged in The Sun that the Clarets manager Sean Dyche is keen on taking the Gunners enforcer to Turf Moor until the end of the season as he looks to back up his options at the rear and increase competition for places alongside with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
However, any decision regarding the 22-year-old Holding will depend on whether Arsene Wenger lands Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion.
Wenger has been chasing the Baggies centre-back since the summer and could finally get his target if they can match the Birmingham outfit’s valuations of £25million – only then will Holding be allowed to leave.
Only earlier this week, Arsenal’s odds of signing Evans were slashed from 10/1 to 4/7.
Football Insider verdict:
This deal all hinges on the possibility that Arsenal would be willing to spend £25m on a 30-year-old and this seems distinctly unlikely given the Gunners tendency to spend so little. Holding has been given more and more opportunities in north London to show the Emirates faithful what he can do, however, he frequently looks out of his depth, ill at ease in possession and along with his poor positional sense, it would not be a big loss if a move to Burnley did come off. Arsenal do struggle with injuries at the club which means they need to maintain a good strength in depth but this would be a move that suited everyone, as long as Evans makes the switch to the south.
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