LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Newcastle United are once again interested in signing Arsenal centre back Rob Holding as they pursue defensive additions this month.

The Telegraph claim that Newcastle are desperate to add centre backs but may not be able to sign top target Sven Botman.

Lille are standing firm over Botman, meaning Newcastle need to look elsewhere right now.


Holding is believed to be one of the options, joining James Tarkowski, Lloyd Kelly, Joe Rodon, Nat Phillips, Mason Holgate and Diego Carlos.

Newcastle fans may remember that Steve Bruce wanted to bring Holding to Newcastle back in 2020.

However, Mikel Arteta blocked the move and started using Holding in his starting lineup at Arsenal.

Fast forward just over a year and Holding may hope to join Newcastle this month for first-team football.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Rob Holding of Arsenal before the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Holding, 26, has started just three Premier League games this season. Whilst he’s playing in cup games, Holding clearly isn’t a key man at Arsenal.

Newcastle may be able to offer Holding a bigger role, but Arsenal surely wouldn’t sell easily during the January window.

Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers could go, meaning Holding is valuable cover behind Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Praised as ‘fantastic’ by Sol Campbell, Holding could help solidify this Newcastle back line but he won’t come cheap.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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