Newcastle ‘close’ to securing Rob Holding on season-long loan transfer from Arsenal but 'unlikely' to have option to buy

NEWCASTLE are close to signing Rob Holding on a season-long loan from Arsenal – but the deal is unlikely to include option to buy, according to reports.

Steve Bruce has made the English centre-back, 24, one of his top targets as he embarks on a homegrown squad overhaul.

Holding is likely to first play for Arsenal in the Community Shield final.

The Gunners are missing a host of stars due to injury or the need to self-isolate as part of the Covid-19 protocol.

David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are two stars currently in quarantine – while Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are injured.

New signing Gabriel Magalhaes will also need to quarantine after completing his move from Lille.

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After the Wembley showdown against Liverpool, it is believed Holding will head north to St James' Park, where he will spend the 2020-21 season.

However, The Athletic claim there will be no option to buy in his loan contract.

Instead, Holding will return to the Emirates to either compete for a place in Mikel Arteta's squad or be sold permanently.

The versatile defender has played just 39 times in four years at Arsenal following his move from Bolton.

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Holding has managed just 18 matches since the start of the 2018-19 season, too, due to a spate of injuries, including a nasty ACL tear in December 2018.

Newcastle are believed to have beaten Leeds to Holding's signature.

The Premier League new-boys have now turned their attention to Lazio star Luiz Felipe and Freiburg ace Robin Koch.

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