Crystal Palace are making a deadline-day move for Rob Holding and are now the favourites for the signing of the Arsenal defender.

Rob Holding during an Arsenal training session (Photo via
Rob Holding during an Arsenal training session (Photo via

The Daily Mail report that Crystal Palace are emerging as the leading contenders to sign Rob Holding from Arsenal on a permanent deal before Friday’s transfer deadline.

The Gunners are open to offers for the defender, and Palace are increasingly hopeful of securing a deal.

Miguel Delaney of the Independent reports that Arsenal have been open to offers for Holding all week, and Palace are indeed now interested.

Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard confirms that Palace are the frontrunners for a deal right now.

Rob Holding holding Nathan Butler-Oyedeji in training with Arsenal (Photo via
Rob Holding holding Nathan Butler-Oyedeji in training with Arsenal (Photo via

TalkSPORT reiterate that Palace have joined the race for Holding, but add that the player could also join Sevilla on loan.

That would be an interesting move, considering Arsenal are set to face Sevilla in the Champions League group stage.

But for now, Palace appear to be the club most likely to complete the signing in the coming hours.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Rob Holding of Arsenal celebrates after victory in the UEFA Europa League group A match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on October 20, 2022. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wolves and RCD Mallorca have also been linked with Holding in recent days, with Mallorca reportedly holding negotiations over a potential deal.

Holding made 24 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions last season, but he’s yet to make it onto the pitch for a competitive game in 2023/24.

Earlier in the window, David Ornstein broke the news that Besiktas had submitted an offer to sign Holding worth €2.5m (£2.14m), but that was far below what Arsenal might consider to sell the defender.

Arsenal rejected the bid, with Holding still having a year left on his contract and an option to extend to 2025.