The Express & Star have claimed that West Bromwich Albion are keen on bringing Everton defender Mason Holgate back to the Hawthorns this summer on a season-long loan.
Holgate, 22, is struggling to break into the Everton side, four years since joining the club from Barnsley for £2million (ESPN) in the summer of 2015. Indeed, he has played 48 times since his move to Goodison Park.
The second half of last season saw Holgate go on loan to West Brom, and he was crucial in the Baggies’ run towards the Championship play-offs. Indeed, he clocked up 23 appearances, and even scored once against Swansea.
Now, the Baggies want the England Under-21 international on a season-long loan this summer. However, they are being made to wait to see if Everton want to keep Holgate. The Toffees have left Schalke sign Jonjoe Kenny.
West Brom are set to sign QPR defender Darnell Fisher, but it is believed that the signing of Fisher would have no impact on West Brom’s pursuit of Holgate.
TBR’s view – Holgate excellent signing for West Brom
In his 23 outings, Holgate showed enormous quality from the right side of the defence. Not only did he prove defensively astute, but he laid on four assists as well as the goal against Swansea.
Offering versatility on the right side of defence and at centre-back, Holgate would be an excellent coup for West Brom. Whether the Baggies will be allowed to sign him, though, is a different question.