Leeds United have made a surprise enquiry for Everton defender Mason Holgate, with The Sun suggesting that the Toffees could let him go in the January transfer window.
The Whites definitely need additions next month. Jesse Marsch’s men find themselves in a precarious position in the Premier League. And there remains real concerns about the quality of the defence.
Leeds conceded four against Monaco in their final mid-season friendly on Wednesday. Robin Koch was excellent in the game. But the likes of Rasmus Kristensen, Luke Ayling and Diego Llorente did not cover themselves in glory.
Leeds make surprise enquiry for Holgate
And it seems that Leeds have now made a move for another Premier League defender.
The Sun reports that Leeds, along with Lyon, have made an enquiry for Holgate. Everton meanwhile, could decide to sell the 26-year-old to bring some cash in as they look to fund their own survival push.
Let’s start with the positives.
Holgate can play at centre-back or right-back. And he has even featured in holding midfield during his time at Goodison Park. And he has produced some ‘brilliant‘ performances in the past.
He also appears to be something of a leader.
However, it is probably fair to say that Leeds fans will not be best pleased if Holgate ends up at Elland Road.
He has barely played for the Toffees this season, largely due to injury. He has not played in the Premier League since August.
Meanwhile, his last appearance in any competition came in their 4-1 loss to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup. Holgate was replaced after 51 minutes with Everton 2-0 down.
Perhaps the Leeds hierarchy have decided that the defence is less of a priority. That would be a concerning stance.
But it really does feel like a bizarre move to make to enquire about Holgate. And there are likely to be plenty of fans who would not mind missing out.