According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United have been told that, as things stand, it’s ‘extremely unlikely’ long-term target Rob Holding will be leaving Arsenal this summer.
The centre-back was on the verge of a move to St James’ Park this time last year – The Athletic stated that a loan agreement had been reached before an injury to David Luiz forced Arteta into a U-turn at the 11th hour.
Talk of us reigniting our interest has emerged in recent days, however it seems the 25-year-old is set to remain in North London; despite the fact he’ll find game time harder to come by following the £50m arrival of Ben White.
The Chronicle have also explained why we missed out on fellow CB target Axel Tuanzebe, claiming the ‘player and his family’ preferred to return to Aston Villa after enjoying his time in the Midlands during a previous loan spell.
Here’s a snippet from their latest piece, which touches on our interest in both:
‘The Newcastle head coach was interested in Axel Tuanzebe and the Manchester United defender’s camp considered the Magpies to be the frontrunners for his signature as recently as a couple of weeks ago.
However, ChronicleLive understands Tuanzebe ultimately chose to return to Aston Villa because it was the club the player and his family ‘preferred’ despite previously being ‘delighted’ by Newcastle’s interest.
When it comes to other potential options, it is worth remembering that Newcastle attempted to sign Rob Holding on a temporary basis last summer but, as it stands, ChronicleLive understands the player’s camp believe it is ‘extremely unlikely’ that the defender will go out on loan a year on.’
Holding would be a solid signing, however he’s captained Arsenal at times over the past 12 months, recently signed a new deal and is likely to be seen as a key squad player should any injuries occur.
Arteta’s stance could change if they brought in another defender, but it seems they’re no longer keen on sanctioning the loan deal we agreed just last summer.