Kevin Phillips has claimed that Arsenal defender Rob Holding would be a “fantastic signing” for Newcastle United given his experience of playing for a big club in big games.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the Gunners would sell the 24-year-old this summer if their valuation was matched.

The Athletic‘s David Ornstein revealed yesterday that the Magpies were close to signing the centre-half on a season-long loan deal.

Holding, who suffered an ACL injury in December 2018, started for Mikel Arteta’s side as they beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to win the Community Shield yesterday.

This site revealed earlier this month that Leeds United had registered their interest in the former Bolton centre-back.

When asked by Football Insider if holding would be a welcome addition at St. James’ Park, Phillips said: “I think he would be a smart signing.

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“I have see him play very well but he has also been frustrating and made the odd mistake. He is still young though and given the pressures of playing for Arsenal you are going to make mistakes. I think it could be a good move for the kid.

“I think Arsenal would let him go for the right price because it would free up some funds for Arteta. I do not see Holding as a long-term Arsenal player. If they could get him out of the door for the right kind of money then I think they probably would.

“It would be a fantastic move for him. He has a lot of Premier League experience and he has played for a big club in big games. That would be a very good signing.”

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