Sheffield United could have been given an open goal when it comes to signing Mason Holgate, with the defender being left out of Everton’s pre-season squad.

The Toffees are jetting off to Switzerland for a pre-season camp but according to Everton’s official website, Holgate has been left at home.

The defender, 26, is the subject of interest from both Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. He is believed to be a top target for Paul Heckingbottom, who is keen to bring in a defender with Premier League experience.

The Blades have yet to sign anyone this summer. However, Anis Slimane is due in Sheffield this week to complete a move from Brondby, while Benie Traore remains a player of interest.

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Mason Holgate set for Everton exit

Internally at Everton and among fans, it’s been known for some time that Holgate would be moved on this summer.

Despite playing more than 100 games at Premier League level, the former Barnsley man doesn’t seem to be in favour with Sean Dyche in charge.

A quick glance at social media today would suggest Everton fans feel Holgate’s omission here is the final nail in the coffin in terms of his Goodison career.

Indeed, it seems the Blades very much have a chance to try and get a deal done for Holgate.

Sheff U News View: The ideal signing

Getting players with Premier League experience is going to be hard for Paul Heckingbottom this summer. The budget restraints mean that paying the wages that most PL players are on is tricky.

However, Holgate might be one who is in reach. Not wanted at Everton, he might well be open to a return to South Yorkshire and accept that a slightly lower wage demand might be needed.

Certainly, for United, it would be a good signing. Holgate can cover across the entire back three and if needed, even step into midfield.

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