Everton manager Roberto Martinez is a big fan of Bolton youngster Rob Holding 1 Everton are leading the race to sign Bolton defender Rob Holding, but will have to fork out over £10million for the highly-rated 20-year-old.Trotters starlet Holding, a product of the club’s academy, was voted Wanderers’ Player of the Year by fans this season, despite their relegation from the Championship to League One.The young centre-back has been on the radar of a number of top-flight clubs since making his first-team debut last August, making 30 appearances and scoring once. He recently signed a one-year contract extension at his hometown club.But Everton are keen to sign him this summer and will step up their pursuit after seeing their opening offer rejected by the new Bolton hierarchy.And, according to talkSPORT sources, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is currently preparing a second bid for the youngster, who could feature for England’s Under-21s in the prestigious Toulon Tournament this month.North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have also expressed a strong interest in Holding, although the Trotters board are keen to hold on to their prized asset to help them get back to the second tier next season.However, if a bid matches Bolton’s valuation for one of their hottest prospects, the club are prepared to do business.
New Delhi: East Bengal’s first home match of the I-League 2019-20 season against Real Kashmir has been pushed ahead by a day to December 4 as the club announced that all the home matches for the season will take place at the Kalyani Stadium.Barring the Kolkata derby against Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal’s home matches will be held at the Kalyani Stadium, in accordance of which the club has also requested All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift their kick off timings to 5PM. “The proposal to host the first QEBFC home match as a part of the Centenary Celebration at the East Bengal Club ground was duly considered by the owners of QEBFC and necessary arrangements for organizing he same were proceeded upon by the QEBFC management. After the subsequent discussion between Head Coach and East bengal Club officials, it was mutually decided to relocate the matches to any other ground.”The mandatory terms and conditions which were given by VYBK authorities to QEBFC to host its home matches at VYBK were conflicting with AIFF rules and regulations,” East Bengal said in a statement.East Bengal had a number of games scheduled for the 7PM kick off but they are all likely to be shifted to the 5PM slot after the club made the request for the same.I-League 2019-20 will begin on November 30 with Aizawl FC hosting Mohun Bagan. East Bengal’s first home match against Real Kashmir FC is where both the clubs begin their campaign. aiffeast bengalfootballI-League 2019-20 First Published: November 18, 2019, 10:36 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. read more