Date: 17th December 2019 at 6:00pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Lots of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by The Athletic, linking the club with Everton defender Mason Holgate.

Toon boss Steve Bruce is keen to strengthen his options at the back once the January window opens, and has instructed our scouts to watch Holgate as his ability to play comfortably in a back-three would be beneficial to our season.

But we are not alone in keeping tracks on the £25,000-per-week centre-half, as AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United are also watching Holgate ahead of potential advances next month.

Any attempts to sign Holgate could prove unsuccessful, though, as the Toffees are highly reluctant to sell the former England U21 international they value at £14million, and will instead be looking to add to their defensive numbers in the upcoming market.

Holgate is one of only three senior centre-backs at Goodison Park presently, and has become an important part of the Blues starting line-up in recent weeks.

Having played just 18 minutes of Premier League football over the first nine games of the season, Holgate has started seven top-flight matches in the heart of the Everton backline and showed his versatility on Sunday when fielded in a defensive midfield role against Manchester United.

Holgate took possession with his only attempted tackle at Old Trafford, along with penning three clearances, one interception, a 100% dribble success rate, two shots and found teammates with 17 of his 23 passes, per WhoScored data.

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The Athletic’s report was the second time we have been linked with Holgate this month, following claims that the 23-year-old had emerged as a winter target for the Toon and that our scouts were keeping tabs on his situation at Goodison Park.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the latest reports on our interest in Holgate…

In other Newcastle United news, Bruce is planning for life without a £42k-p/w Toon man.

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