Everton sign Barnsley defender Mason Holgate

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Everton have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Mason Holgate with the former-Barnsley youngster signing a five-year deal.

The agreed fee is believed to be in the region of £2 million with interest in the English defender high. Bournemouth and Newcastle were both understood to have registered interest also.

Holgate follows England starlet John Stones in making the switch from Barnsley to Everton, with the 21-year-old joining in 2013 and has since become an established name in the Premier League.


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Speaking to the club's official website, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said: "He is a young man with an impressive future.

"His development is going to be important and it will be interesting to see how quickly he can have an impact on the first team."

The Spaniard, however, understands that at the tender age of 18, Holgate is not yet ready to make the jump from League One to the Premier League.

"He is not a player who I would expect to perform straightaway in the Premier League - that would be very unfair," he said.

The Englishman made 22 appearances for Barnsley last season, having only made his debut in December.

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