Everton Slap £14m Price Tag on Defender Mason Holgate as Newcastle Circle

Newcastle United are believed to be eyeing a move for Everton’s Mason Holgate when the transfer window opens in January​.

The Toffees are asking for a fee of £14m for the 23-year-old and Newcastle are thought to be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements. 

Mason Holgate

His signature is an attractive proposition for ​Newcastle should the defender be deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside, particularly given Holgate’s relatively low price and versatility.

The former England Under-21 international can be deployed across the back four and is as comfortable playing at right-back as he is occupying the centre-back role. 

However, Holgate’s immediate future may be determined by who next steps into the dugout at Goodison Park. 

​Everton are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Marco Silva earlier this month and the identity of the boss could determine Holgate’s path, according to ​Football Insider.

Mason Holgate

Holgate started the Blues’ last league game alongside Michael Keane at the heart of the defence in his side’s 3-1 home victory against ​Chelsea.

But, it’s thought that interim boss Duncan Ferguson is not set for a permanent role and it is a mystery as to whether Holgate will be part of the new manager’s plans.

Under previous boss Silva, Holgate was confined to the sub’s bench for the start of the season, but Everton’s poor performances led to him being promoted to the starting eleven.

The defender has recently enjoyed a regular run in the team, having started every match since coming into the side in the Toffees’ 3-2 defeat at ​Brighton in the ​Premier League in late October. 

His first Goodison appearance of the season culminated in his first goal of the campaign as he helped Everton beat Watford 2-0 in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup. 

Mason Holgate

Despite him becoming a permanent fixture, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the defender.

It wouldn’t be the first January that saw Holgate make a switch. Last season he moved on loan to West Brom and made 19 appearances for the Baggies, helping the club reach the Championship play-offs.