Everton defender Mason Holgate is being tracked by three Premier League sides, including Newcastle United, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 68).
Holgate has made nine appearances for the Toffees in the Premier League this season. But he may reportedly be given the green light to leave Goodison Park in January.
The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 68) reports that the Magpies want the 23-year-old, while Sheffield United and Bournemouth are also interested in the former Barnsley man.
The report notes that Everton value Holgate at £14 million. And it is suggested that they may decide to cash in depending who comes in to replace Marco Silva.
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Holgate may not be a regular fixture in the Everton side, but it would be a big surprise if he did leave in January.
The Toffees do not have a large group of defensive options, particularly at centre-back. Of course, they may look to strengthen, but that does not mean that Holgate should be surplus to requirements.
He played the full 90 minutes as Everton beat Chelsea in Duncan Ferguson’s first game in temporary charge.
Holgate may not feature in the Toffees’ strongest lineup as things stand. But he is still developing and Everton lack depth at the heart of their defence.
Perhaps it may be foolish to rule out a January move. But it is currently difficult to see any of his reported admirers having any luck if they do come calling when the window opens next month.