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Arsenal defender Dan Ballard is close to a loan move which will see him spend next season in the Championship, according to football.london. The Northern Ireland international spent last season on loan at League One side Blackpool.
Ballard, who made 30 appearances and helped keep 15 clean sheets last season, returned from injury in the second half of the season to help Blackpool gain promotion via the play-offs.
Meanwhile, highly-rated youngster Charlie Patino is expected to stay at Arsenal and be integrated into the first team next season. The 17-year-old is regarded as one of the biggest talents at the club.