Arsenal could be willing to sell Rob Holding this summer, according to a report from Football.London. And West Ham should seriously consider making a move to sign the centre-back at the end of the season.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will surely be keen to reinforce his central defensive options at the London Stadium this summer.

Issa Diop has been linked with a big money exit from West Ham, whilst Winston Reid faces an uncertain future in east London.

Fabian Balbuena has regressed badly this season, whilst Angelo Ogbonna recently turned 32.

And Holding seems like the ideal signing.

At 24, the Gunners ace is young and undoubtedly has a point to prove.

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Rob Holding (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Whether Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will let him leave the Emirates for a reasonable fee, however, remains to be seen.

 

Stats

Holding joined the Gunners from Bolton Wanderers for around £2 million in the summer of 2016 (BBC).

The 6ft 2in centre-back has gone on to make 69 appearances for Arsenal, scoring two goals in the process (Transfermarkt).

In 33 Premier League outings for the north London side, Holding has racked up 43 tackles, 46 interceptions and 65 headed clearances. He has also won 77 out of 126 aerial battles and 145 out of 261 individual duals (premierleague.com).

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Rob Holding (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old is a big and strong old fashioned defender. Perhaps surprisingly, however, he is also very capable when in possession of the football. And he certainly doesn’t get enough credit for that.

In those 33 Premier League games, the former Bolton man has averaged 52.45 passes per match (premierleague.com), with an impressive completion rate in excess of 80% (Who Scored).

One word of warning for West Ham, however, will be Holding’s less than impressive injury record. He suffered a horrendous knee injury away at Manchester United earlier this season. And he has only recently returned to action.

The centre-back has plenty of years left ahead of him, however. And if West Ham can pick him up for a reasonable fee, he would be an excellent addition to David Moyes’s squad.

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