Everton set to sign Mason Holgate

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Everton could confirm the signing of Mason Holgate from Barnsley by the end of the week having outbid other Premier League competitors, according to BBC Sport.

The 18-year-old centre-back started his career at the South Yorkshire club aged nine and rose through the youth ranks; he only made his professional debut in December last year as the Tykes drew with their local rivals Doncaster Rovers 1-1. 

After getting more and more first team action, Holgate impressed regularly and became linked with several Premier League sides and even went on trial at Manchester United this summer.


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Last season he made 20 appearances in League Two keeping a reasonable disciplinary record (two yellow cards, one red). The youngster can play right-back as well as in the centre and has been tipped for a bright career.

With all his potential and impressive performances so far, it's not a surprise that many clubs want him for their youth academies. Early on, rival clubs Arsenal and Spurs were linked, and at the start of the transfer window Swansea and Aston Villa were also thought to be chasing him. Recently, though, most speculation has come from the south coast.

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New John Stones?

He was seen in Bournemouth and was expected to be signing for the Premier League new boys, joining loanee Italian Under-21 international Filippo Costa in the Under-21's squad defence.

It was well reported that Bournemouth had had a £1 million bid accepted by Barnsley, however late interest from Newcastle and Everton seems to have dislodged Holgate from Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe's grip.

For Bournemouth, being outbid from financially stronger clubs will become a regular occurrence during their first top flight season.

Roberto Martinez's Everton have had a bid accepted and Holgate is expected in Liverpool soon to negotiate personal terms. Although most fans have never heard of him, they are optimistic as the story is very similar to that of John Stones, who Everton are desperately trying to cling on to after bids in excess of £30 million have come in from Chelsea. 

Whether or not Mason Holgate will be quite as successful as John Stones remains to be seen, but definitely keep an eye for this lad, he may too be worth millions one day.

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