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Newcastle United to beat Leeds United to Rob Holding deal?

Newcastle to beat Leeds to Rob Holding deal?
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Newcastle United are the favourites to sign Arsenal defender Rob Holding on loan this summer, according to a report.

Newcastle United are reportedly at the head of the queue for Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding.

The 24-year-old started and finished Saturday's Community Shield against Liverpool, but he is expected to be on the move before the end of the summer transfer window.

Gabriel Magalhaes's impending arrival will push Holding down the pecking order, while William Saliba has further boosted Mikel Arteta's options in a defensive position.

Leeds United have been strongly linked with Holding in recent days, but according to The Mirror, Newcastle are leading the race for the former England Under-21 international.

The report claims that the Magpies are expected to take the central defender on loan for the 2020-21 campaign.

Holding has made 79 appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Bolton Wanderers in 2016, although he only featured on 18 occasions in all competitions last term.

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