Bolton News are reporting that Arsenal have agreed a fee for defender, Rob Holding, and that the player has passed his medical.

This is a story that we’ve been tracking for a while now and despite Bournemouth coming in with a late bid, it seems that Arsenal’s persistence has paid off and they will be landing the 20-year-old centre back.

There does seem to be some confusion over the fee with it initially reported that Arsenal’s £2m bid had been turned down and speculation rife that they would make a second worth £2.5m this week.

It is now being claimed that the fee agreed and accepted by Bolton is £2m.

Regardless, the player, who featured in 30 first team games last season, seems Arsenal-bound. Bolton did originally want the player back on loan next season but that will not be happening indicating that Arsene Wenger could well have the player in mind for the first team.

It is unlikely he will be in the squad as a starter, at least until all the injuries mean we have no choice.

The medical was passed on Monday evening and personal terms will be negotiated this week.

Holding has favoured an Arsenal move since the club made their interest known in May.

Good lad.