As per a report from the Daily Mail, three Premier League clubs are eyeing the signature of out-of-favour Everton defender Mason Holgate.
22-year-old stopper Holgate has been on the books of Everton since the summer of 2015, when he made the move to Merseyside from Barnsley.
After struggling for game-time as a raw teen during his debut campaign with the Toffees, Holgate went on to rack up a respectable 16 and 13 Premier League starts over the seasons that followed, generally impressing despite his tender years.
The arrival of Marco Silva at Goodison Park last summer, though, coupled with the additions of both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, saw Holgate’s minutes on the pitch take a nosedive.
As such, it came as little surprise when the English U21 international was farmed out on loan in January. Holgate joined West Brom for the second-half of the season, quickly establishing himself as a key cog in the Baggies’ backline.
Holgate in demand
The 22-year-old has since returned to Everton, though the latest reports stemming from the English media this evening suggest that he could soon depart Merseyside once again.
The Daily Mail claim that all of Bournemouth, Burnley and Sheffield United are keen on the defender.
Everton, for their part, would prefer not to see Holgate depart the club on a permanent basis. As such, another loan stint is the most-likely outcome.
The Mail add, though, that an offer of £8 million+ could change the Toffees’ board’s stance.
Bournemouth, Burnley and Sheffield United are all interested in signing Mason Holgate. Everton could be willing to selll him for a fee of around £8m. (Source: Daily Mail) pic.twitter.com/hVyXvQ44kq
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