West Ham are ready to pay a £5 million loan fee for Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding, according to a report from the Sun.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his defensive ranks this summer.
The east London outfit really need to sign a new centre-back. They have been chasing Burnley ace James Tarkowski over the past couple of weeks (Evening Standard).
The 27-year-old could prove to be too expensive for West Ham, however.
And the Sun claims that Moyes could switch his attention to Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding.
The 24-year-old is available on loan for around £5 million according to the Sun.
And the former Bolton ace would be a useful addition for us.
Holding is an old school defender. He is strong in the air and has a no nonsense approach to the game.
The 24-year-old played only eight Premier League games for the Gunners last season. In those outings, the centre-back averaged 5.4 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He also won an average of two aerial duals per game (Who Scored).
Holding would certainly add some stability to our back-line.
And with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta willing to sanction his exit from the Emirates on loan (Metro), a temporary move to West Ham seems to make sense.
The one thing we would say is surely it would be better to sign Holding permanently. Loaning him seems like a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
Let’s be honest, though…we will take any new signings at the moment right? Regardless of whether they are loan deals or not.