Everton are trying very hard to bring back Kurt Zouma to restore the middle part of the backline from last season, but in the meantime there’s a lot of question marks around the depth of the defensive corps.
Now it seems Mason Holgate could also be allowed to leave if the price is right and the correct reinforcements are obtained, with plenty of interest in the 22-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.
It appears apart from Sheffield United (whose interest was reported last week), AFC Bournemouth and Burnley are also looking to prise away Holgate, as well as West Bromwich Albion where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
Apparently the Blues don’t want to let go of the lanky defender and would prefer a loan deal away, but a sum in the range of £8 million could persuade Everton otherwise.
With Everton having sent away Jonjoe Kenny on loan, Holgate is the last remaining feasible backup to veteran Seamus Coleman, so the Toffees’ interest in letting him go almost guarantees that a right back will be signed before the transfer window closes.
Meanwhile, with just Michael Keane and Yerry Mina as the remaining senior centrehalves apart from Holgate, this is an opportunity for Lewis Gibson to step up as the fourth centreback, but the big question remains who will be the third/other?