By Jonty Banks

23rd Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United make contact to sign Everton defender Mason Holgate in transfer news

Leeds United have made a transfer enquiry about Everton defender Mason Holgate as they look to bolster their defensive ranks in January, according to The Sun.

Jesse Marsch’s side will reportedly face competition from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, who have also expressed their interest in the 26-year-old.

Holgate started three of his first four league games of the season before sustaining a major knee injury against Brentford but could prove a useful option to improve the Whites’ limited options at the back.

The SunSport report said: “But the ex-England Under-21 international, who can also play right-back, could be available when the transfer window reopens in January due to Everton’s financial plight.

“Lampard has an overload of defenders in Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane while Everton are also keen to trim their wage bill.”

Useful option

Holgate is certainly not a bad option for Leeds if they can prise him away from Goodison Park in January.

He is a proven Premier League defender who can play at either centre-back, right-back or even as a holding midfielder if needed, and would likely come at a reasonable price.

With Farhad Moshiri having sent the Toffees’ finances into the doldrums in recent seasons, they may have to let Holgate go, even if this is against Lampard’s wishes.

Marsch will likely be keen on a move for the Englishman as his defence continues to struggle to keep it clean at the back. Wednesday night’s (21 December) 4-2 loss against AS Monaco was further proof that defensive reinforcements are needed in January – and Holgate could be a great option.

The only drawback of making a move for the defender is his ever-so-iffy injury record, which has seen him sidelined for most of this season and large chunks of previous seasons at Goodison.

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