Brighton should target loan deal for Arsenal defender Rob Holding if they miss out on Joe Gomez

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton and Hove Albion should look at the possibility of securing a season-long loan deal for highly-rated Arsenal defender Rob Holding.

Manchester United's Ander Herrera in action with Arsenal's Rob Holding

Brighton and Hove Albion should make an a bid to bring Arsenal defender Rob Holding to the club on a season-long loan.

According to the Daily Star, the Seagulls were closing in on the signing of Liverpool and England U21 defender Joe Gomez on loan but is now set to stay at Anfield next season after being told he would feature in Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans (Sky Sports).

Brighton boss Chris Hughton will now look at other potential targets as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of the club's first season back in England's top tier since 1983.

The former Newcastle United and Norwich City manager should consider switching his attention to another England U21 defender. Holding joined the Gunners from Bolton Wanderers last summer and is one for the future at the Emirates.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a spell in the first-team towards the end of last season following injuries to several players in the Arsenal back-line. Holding even went on to lift a trophy in his debut campaign for the Gunners and started in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Arsenal's Rob HoldingRob Holding made 18 appearances for Arsenal last season

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rates Holding highly but it is unlikely that he will be able to guarantee the youngster regular first-team football, especially when the side is at full strength.

He will be keen to see the centre-half to get more top-flight experience under his belt and a loan spell at a Premier League club seems like the next logical step. Brighton play a similar brand of football to Arsenal and would be a perfect fit for Holding.

He will be keen to show that he is capable of holding down a regular starting place in the Premier League and has all the necessary attributes o become a key asset in the Brighton defence this season.

Arsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the match

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