West Bromwich Albion are hoping to sign Everton defender Mason Holgate on loan for the second season in a row, according to The Express and Star.
However, it is uncertain whether Marco Silva and Everton will be willing to let the 22-year-old leave Goodison Park.
West Brom have already completed the signing of QPR right-back Darnell Furlong, though that will not impact their pursuit of Holgate, who can play in the centre and on the right of defence.
He played the majority of his games during that period at right-back (as shown on WhoScored), experience which could have helped him secure his place at Goodison Park for next season.
The Times, via The Daily Star have reported that Everton are interested in Santiago Arias from Atletico Madrid, though it has been added that players would need to be sold in order to free up wages for he and Danny Welbeck to come in.
You would expect Seamus Coleman to remain Everton’s main right-back regardless of which player is his competitor, with the 30-year-old making 29 Premier League appearances last season, so having seen Holgate play the position consistently for half a season, Silva may be tempted to save money and keep Holgate as back-up to the Irishman.
Another bonus of having Holgate over Arias is that the Englishman can also act as cover at centre-back.
Everton should keep Holgate and allow the 22-year-old to integrate back into the squad at Goodison Park.
Arias would be a good signing, but Everton could save money on their wage bill by giving Holgate a chance, meaning they would be able to invest more elsewhere, while still having an effective back-up option.
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