Aston Villa and Leeds United are set to battle for Arsenal defender Rob Holding in January as the club are looking to send him out on loan, according to HITC Sport.

The 21-year-old started the Gunners’ opening three Premier League games of the season, but has since then been pushed out of the team, only making four more appearances.

It is understood that manager Arsene Wenger is keen for Holding to gain some first team experience and he is therefore willing to let him leave on loan.

Championship clubs Villa and Leeds are said to be interested in a deal for the central defender, as they both aim to be in the Premier League next season.

The Englishman started his career at Bolton Wanderers as a youngster and after rising through the ranks into their first-team, the Gunners acquired his services for £2.5 million over the summer.

With the prospect of regular games on offer in the Championship and the potential of being part of a promotion winning side, a loan deal to the second tier of English football could be the move Holding is looking for to continue his development.

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