Arsenal remain in control of a potential deal that would see Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding join the club despite late interest from arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, report the Sun.
The 20-year old has emerged as one of the most formidable defenders playing outside of the top tier despite proving powerless to prevent the Trotters’ relegation into League One.
Both the Gunners and Everton have been linked with moves for the central defender following their drop.
Still, Spurs are believed to have made an 11th hour attempt to prize him to White Hart Lane, where the club have enjoyed great success with fellow talented young Englishmen Dele Alli and Eric Dier.
However, despite their last ditch efforts to muscle in on the deal, they were reportedly told that the defender would only sign for the Emirates outfit.
It is also understood that the club could then loan Holding out once they have completed a deal for him initially.