Everton defender Mason Holgate is wanted by three Premier League clubs before Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that Burnley, Sheffield United and Bournemouth are all considering a bid for the 22-year-old defender, with concerns over their existing options.
The impending move taking Harry Maguire to Manchester United could see Leicester swoop for James Tarkowski at Turf Moor or Nathan Ake at the Vitality Stadium, according to Sky Sports.
Holgate could apparently be lured away for £8 million, despite the report saying that the Toffees are reluctant to lose him on a permanent basis.
Many Everton fans are worried about letting Holgate leave while their club remains short of central defensive options, with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina the only duo ahead of the 22-year-old as it stands.
In an inflated central defensive transfer market, they can’t understand the logic of selling a promising, versatile player for just £8 million, with one even suggesting £20 million in relation to Tyrone Mings’ move to Aston Villa.
Either way, many supporters on Twitter don’t want Holgate sold – and certainly not for that price – as it stands, because he can make a contribution this season…
8m too low in this climate
— Rdj1878 (@Rdj1878) August 4, 2019
Personally, I’d keep him. He had a brilliant loan last season and deserves a chance. Could be useful as back up RB/CB
— John R (@JohnRobert1878) August 4, 2019
— Charlie the mad puppy (@Raccoon69090386) August 5, 2019
Seems where selling all our young english players before they develop.
Moshiri wants foregin players as they contribute to more shirt sales than the English ones.
— Tommy Vercetti (@EfcTone) August 4, 2019
Would rather keep him than gain 8m, drop in the ocean, rather loan him out and get a season under his belt in the prem
— 🦍𝕍𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕒 𝕘𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕒 🦍 (@AlphaAlien2) August 4, 2019
We're desperate for centre backs as it is 😭
— Hayley…♡ (@HayGoree) August 4, 2019
Keep, as back up CB and RB. Need, to focus on selling the likes of Besic, Mirallas & McCarthy’s of the World, plus sign a CB, RB and WF 👌🏿😉
— Manny F (@sharpconvo) August 5, 2019
Won’t be going anywhere at the moment as he is only cover at CB and at RB .
— Paul Bargery (@BargeTours) August 4, 2019
Never sell him for 8 million
— AJL (@LancasterSkippy) August 4, 2019
Nah potential this lad 8 mil nah
— Steve Wainwright (@wainyuno) August 4, 2019
8 million… Nah.
— Irish-Alex EFC (@NotReallyIrish) August 4, 2019
20m when Tyrone mings goes for 27
— HS (@BlueSnowy1878) August 4, 2019
Surely we should be keeping Mason, the guy is decent and still early days
— Bryan (@BryMacca) August 4, 2019
unless another centre back is due in no way can we sell!
— Teeth (@majomajor_teeth) August 4, 2019
We need defenders so let’s keep him and let him push for a place
— Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez75) August 4, 2019
— BobbyC1878 (@BobbyC1878) August 4, 2019
As it stands, we can't afford to sell him.
— Marco Silva XI (@BlueDanEFC) August 4, 2019