Rob Holding has been targeted by Premier League clubs

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsenal have launched a bid to sign Bolton centre-back Rob Holding, according to a report.

The 20-year-old is rated in the £10million bracket on the back of a fine debut season that ended with him being voted the club’s Player of the Year by supporters.

According to Bolton news reporter Marc Iles on his personal Twitter account, the Gunners are “now involved” with Holding and “all signs point” to a bid having been tabled.

Trotters academy graduate Holding has been 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.

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He 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.

According to talkSPORT, Everton are keen to sign Holding this summer and will step up their pursuit after their opening offer was rejected by Bolton.

The Merseysiders are currently preparing a second bid for the youngster, who could feature for England’s Under-21s in the prestigious Toulon Tournament this month.

It is said the Trotters board are keen to hold on to their prized asset to help them get back to the second tier next season.

However, if a bid matches Bolton’s valuation for one of their hottest prospects, the club are prepared to do business.

In other Arsenal transfer news, the club have been given hope in their pursuit of a £30million target.