By Pete O’Rourke

Doncaster Rovers have opened talks with Arsenal about signing midfielder Ben Sheaf, Football Insider can reveal.

The ambitious League One club are working on a deal to land the versatile 21-year-old as they look to secure automatic promotion next season.

An Arsenal source has told Football Insider the two clubs are in negotiations over a loan move to Yorkshire for the midfield anchorman, who can also play in defence.

The Premier League giants are willing to sanction the temporary exit of their academy product as he is some way down the pecking order at the club.

Sheaf played for the Gunners Under-23s last season after spending the second half of the previous campaign on loan at Stevenage in League Two.

He has made just two senior appearances for Arsenal and the source explained how he is eager to get another taste of senior football to accelerate his development.

Sheaf is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at the Emirates after joining the club from West Ham’s academy in 2014.

He made his first-team debut in the 2017-18 season under ex-manager Arsene Wenger with a substitute’s appearance in a Europa League win against Red Star in Belgrade.

Sheaf has also represented England at Under-16 and Under-18 level.

In other Arsenal news, it can be REVEALED that Hamburg have tabled a formal bid for a Gunners defender.