West Ham United’s search for a new centre-back has seemingly prompted the club to look at Rob Holding, with The Sun reporting this week that David Moyes is keen to take the Arsenal man on loan for the season.
The Sun reports that the Hammers are ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of James Tarkowski. And thus, they are looking at taking Holding on loan, with the report noting that they are prepared to pay £5 million for the Gunners man.
It appears unlikely that the Irons will have any luck in their bid to sign the defender. Mikel Arteta insisted after Arsenal’s 3-0 win at the weekend that he does not want the 24-year-old to leave.
Holding was excellent at Fulham on the opening day. And if West Ham fans needed any further convincing that he could prove to be a decent signing, perhaps they can also take encouragement from some comments made by Jack Wilshere to Football London last year.
Wilshere was discussing Holding’s potential as the former Bolton man made his way back from a serious injury. And the Hammers midfielder made a big claim concerning how highly he rates his old teammate.
“Arsenal will have Rob Holding coming back and Hector [Bellerin]. They did their cruciates – and sometimes when you do your cruciate you actually come back stronger – because you have to work on your strength and quads which actually strengthen you more,” he told Football London.
“Rob Holding was playing so well before he got injured and will be a great addition to their defence once he’s fit again. I really think he could be a potential Arsenal captain of the future.”
TBR View: Holding could be an excellent fix for West Ham, albeit a temporary one
Of course, a loan move hardly solves all of West Ham’s problems. And, as already mentioned, it looks doubtful that Arsenal will sanction a move.
But if Holding can stay fit, he would potentially prove an inspired addition. As Wilshere notes, he is a leader with a lot of quality.
So if there is a chance that a deal can be done, West Ham should not let the opportunity pass them by.