Another Rod Holding? – Arsenal set to sign another Powerful Championship defender

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Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in signing Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey following his promising displays for the Championship leaders this season.

The 21-year-old has emerged as an important member of Norwich’s team this season, establishing himself as a regular in central defence and playing 15 games for Daniel Farke’s side in total, following an impressive season on loan at Shrewsbury Town last term.

Godfrey’s promise has alerted the attentions of not only United and Arsenal but also Lyon and RB Leipzig, both of whom have have turned an eye to the English market in recent seasons.

Lyon signed Reo Griffiths from Spurs last summer, while Emile Smith Rowe joined RB Leipzig on loan in January.

According to the Daily Mirror, Godfrey is valued by Norwich at £10m and the aforementioned clubs will all have representatives watching him during the East Anglian derby against Ipswich on Sunday.

The York city academy graduate is versatile too, able to play in central midfield as well as at the back and is expected to be named in Aidy Boothroyd’s next England U21 squad for the games against Germany and Poland next month.

Arsenal have the worst defensive record in the top-six this season and are expected to bolster their backline in the summer while United are also keeping their options open despite Phil Jones signing a new contract on Friday.

The deal could potentially hinge on whether or not Norwich can secure promotion to the Premier League or not, however.

An impressive 3-1 win over Leeds at Elland Road last weekend, means that they are top on goal difference and two points clear of third-place Sheffield United with a game in hand.

Norwich have made a fortune selling young players to Premier League clubs over the past few transfer windows with James Maddison, Josh Murphy, Jacob Murphy and Alex Pritchard leaving for over £50m combined.

Right-back Max Aarons has also caught the eye this season with Spurs believed to be interested in signing him in the summer.

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