Sheffield United are indeed keen on signing Everton’s Mason Holgate this summer but as it stands, are nowhere near doing a deal.
Holgate is believed to be one of the names on Paul Heckingbottom’s wish list for this summer. The Everton defender will be allowed to depart Goodison Park, with Sean Dyche looking to rebuild things a tad.
Mason Holgate to Sheffield United not done yet
According to The Echo, the Blades do hold an interest in Holgate. They confirm that he is a player Heckingbottom would like to work with again after their time at Barnsley.
However, there is no deal in the pipeline just yet. It’s suggested that reports of talks being advanced are actually wide of the mark and as it stands, nothing is progressing.
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United are likely to offer a loan deal for Holgate but face a tricky task in ensuring they use their two Premier League loans on the best players available.
Tommy Doyle remains a target, while James McAtee would also be more than welcome back to Shirecliffe.
Holgate was once lauded as an ‘amazing‘ signing for Everton by Garth Crooks, and has made over 120 appearances in the top flight.
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There might be a clamour among some to get deals done but the fact is, we are still in June and there’s time yet to get business sorted.
Sure, it would be nice for United to land a few players ready for the first pre-season session. But as it stands, we need to play a patient game and ensure the ones we do sign are the right players.
Holgate fits the bill in terms of attributes and Premier League experience. But the idea of using up a loan spot hasn’t sat well with some fans, and that might be something Hecky is weighing up as well.