Sheffield United are still working on a late deal to sign Everton defender Mason Holgate, according to The Telegraph.
The online UK news outlet shared (23 January) that talks are ongoing between the Blades and Everton as Chris Wilder looks to seal a defensive transfer in their bid for Premier League survival.
The 27-year-old defender has been on loan this season at Southampton but has barely featured for the Saints in their impressive push for automatic promotion in the Championship and could well be on the move this month.
Midlands football journalist for PA Nick Mashiter shared on 19 January that Holgate is unlikely to join the Blades after Everton’s late demands for a fee in the deal and there were suggestions that Holgate travelled for a medical which Southampton boss Russell Martin has since denied.
However, the Telegraph now reports that talks remain ongoing for Holgate to seal a late move to Sheffield United.
If Everton are willing to see Holgate’s loan move at Southampton terminated, then they will clearly be hoping to earn a bit more money from any new deal.
If Sheffield United want to sign Holgate then they can’t be expecting to seriously get him on the cheap, especially considering the fact the Toffees are very much relegation rivals to them this season.
It’s a strange development that Everton would even be willing to sell him to the Blades given their positions in the Premier League table and the notion that the Toffees could be selling to a rival.
However, given his tumultuous loan spell at Southampton, the Toffees defender needs to be playing games and his best bet is at the Blades as they are the only club serious pushing for his signature right now.
For that reason alone, it’s probably best Sean Dyche and those at the top of the club sanction his exit given he doesn’t have a future at Goodison Park so it’s best for all parties to part ways.