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Transfer Gossip: Spurs Enter Race to Sign Rob Holding

Spurs join North London rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Wanderers defender Rob Holding.

Holding is currently with the England U21s
Holding is currently with the England U21s
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According to The Sun on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur have made a late move for Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding.

The paper stated:

''Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is winning the race to sign Bolton centre-half Rob Holding — despite a late move from Tottenham.

Wenger will increase his offer for Holding, 20, to around £1.2million plus extras in the next few days.

Holding is keen on a move to the Premier League, but Spurs have been told he will only move to the Gunners — as we revealed two weeks ago.

Arsenal may send Holding on loan for a season once they have him.''

Holding is currently with the England U21s at the Toulon tournament, and could make his international debut against Guinea tomorrow.

Despite finishing below rivals Arsenal, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has built an impressive team of young English talent. The likes of Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have shone for Spurs this season, and all look set to retain their places in England's Euro 2016 team.

If both Tottenham and Arsenal match the demands set by Ken Anderson and Dean Holdsworth, which is thought to be up to £7 million, could the appeal of playing alongside fellow England youngsters put Spurs ahead of Arsenal?

Everton and AFC Bournemouth are also thought to be interested in Holding.

Holding's move away is one of a number of decisions Anderson and Holdsworth have to get right, as well appointing a manager ahead of the club's first season in League One for twenty-three years.