The Telegraph have claimed that Everton are looking to hand defender Mason Holgate a new contract after impressing under Carlo Ancelotti at centre-back – amid reports that Newcastle United were interested in the versatile defender.
Holgate, 23, is arguably enjoying his best season at Goodison Park after returning to the Premier League side in the summer following a successful loan at Championship side West Bromwich Albion.
But where he was playing right-back for Everton previously and then at West Brom, he returned to Everton and broke into the side once again at centre-back – following the loss of both Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma at the end of last season.
With Michael Keane struggling, Holgate has become one of the first names on the team sheet – clocking up 22 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside club. Now, Everton are looking to reward him, with other Premier League sides onlooking.
The Northern Echo have claimed that Newcastle wanted Holgate in the January transfer window, with £14million said to enough. He currently has a contract until the summer of 2022.
TBR’s view – Keeping Holgate is crucial for Everton defence
Unfortunately for Keane, his move to Everton from Burnley has not been as consistent as he would have hoped. On his day, he is one of England’s best defenders – but Holgate is improving and is not far behind Keane. Certainly, he is more consistent.
Able to cover all positions in defence, Holgate is a top player and an excellent member of Everton’s squad. Landing him on a longer contract than his current deal should be absolutely pivotal.