Leeds United make decision on Arsenal target

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Leeds United are doing everything in their power to be ready for the big kick-off.

The Premier League gets underway in less than two weeks' time and for the Whites it can't come soon enough.

It's been 16 long years since the West Yorkshire side last graced the top flight, and unfortunately for them it wasn't a campaign that will live long in the memory.

Since then the club has been through the wilderness on several occasions, but has come back fighting.

A big part of that has been down to Marcelo Bielsa who has instilled a winning mentality in his squad - something that has made all the difference.

As well as playing expansive, attractive football, Bielsa's side established themselves as one of the EFL's most consistent sides in recent years as they stormed to victory in the Championship.

To finish the season 10 points clear of the second place side is no fluke, and much of that is down to the Argentine.

But while that success was great, it means nothing in the Premier League.

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If Leeds are to prosper then they will need players who have experience of competing in the competition as a way of helping them to adjust.

But according to one report, a key target is no longer a priority.

Football Insider have claimed that Leeds have ended their interest in Rob Holding.

The Arsenal man is thought to be available after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium under Mikel Arteta.

While the Gunners are open to a loan deal, Leeds were hoping to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis but believe that he will ultimately cost more than they are willing to pay this summer.

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That has led Newcastle United to move into the position of favourites to complete his signature.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This won't be too much of a blow for Leeds United fans.

The Whites were clearly interested in signing at least one defender following Ben White's return to Brighton.

He was a revelation during his loan spell and that's why Leeds were so keen to sign him.

Rob Holding was seen as an alternative, along with Robin Koch who completed a permanent deal in recent days.

While Leeds may well still be looking for a defender, it seems that they're prioritising the addition of a more offensive option at this time, hence why a permanent move for Holding may not be ideal any more.

Holding has plenty to offer in the Premier League and would certainly make an impact with a side such as Newcastle United.

But for Leeds it's time to move on and focus on other areas where they perhaps have less quality.

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