Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claims on Twitter that Nottingham Forest are interested in luring Everton defender Mason Holgate to the City Ground – amid reports Leeds United have made an enquiry to sign the versatile player.

Holgate, 26, has fallen down the pecking order at Everton. The signings of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have limited Holgate – as has a knee injury. He has not played in the League since a 1-1 draw with Brentford in August.

Fit again, Holgate has been an unused sub six times in Everton’s last eight League games. He has failed to break into the matchday squad on two occasions. Now in January, the Doncaster-born defender will be keen to leave.

The Sun claim that Leeds have made an enquiry to land Holgate – along with French side Lyon. Now, Dorsett says Nottingham Forest are keen on the ex-Barnsley star. It is unclear if Leeds are still keen, after signing Max Wober.

Forest interested in Everton defender Holgate amid Leeds reports

Leeds do not need Holgate. While he is a decent defender that has proven he can do it at Premier League level, and is versatile – something Leeds look for – we are well-stocked in his positions. Wober lessens the need at the back.

Indeed, Leeds have three right-backs. Wober extends the list of possible options at centre-back. So, Holgate is not a necessity at Elland Road. Forest are also well-stocked at full-back, but they might want another central defender.

But for Holgate, if Lyon’s interest is genuine, then he should take it. A new country, a new challenge, it makes sense. That would be a superb move and he has every chance of breaking into the side. Everton may only allow a loan deal.

Leeds are next in action on Sunday when they take on Cardiff City away from home in the third round of the FA Cup. It might be that new signing Wober is handed his debut, and Jesse Marsch makes a handful of changes to his side.

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