June 16, 2024

Nottingham Forest: Reds eyeing loan for Mason Holgate

The Everton defender has been given the green-light to complete a temporary move away from Goodison Park.
Terms Everton place on Mason Holgate transfer should help Sheffield United get deal done | The Star

 

Nottingham Forest have made contact to enquire about a loan deal for Everton defender Mason Holgate, according to reports.

Who is Mason Holgate?

Holgate is a centre-back who currently plies his trade at Goodison Park having moved there from Barnsley all the way back in 2015, making him the club’s second longest-serving player after Seamus Coleman, but he’s recently been out of favour on Merseyside.

The Toffees veteran, who is eligible to play internationally for Jamaica, only made five starts last season in the Premier League so is significantly low down in Sean Dyche’s pecking order and his potential availability has alerted Steve Cooper, but not for the first time.

Back in January, Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett revealed that the Reds were “considering” a swoop for the 26-year-old to strengthen their defensive ranks but they ended up completing a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Felipe, though the Forest boss is looking to be successful on his second attempt.

Are Nottingham Forest signing Holgate?

 

No deadline day drama for Everton's Holgate as England call beckons | Goal.com Uganda

 

According to Football Insider, Nottingham Forest have “registered their interest” in a loan deal for Holgate alongside Sheffield United this summer. Everton have “agreed” to sanction the defender’s temporary exit ahead of the new campaign, with Dyche having “told” him that he is free to leave to get more minutes under his belt.

Cooper is “looking for new additions” to bolster his ranks further to ensure that his side don’t find themselves in another relegation battle this time next year.

What could Holgate bring to the Midlands?

 

Why Mason Holgate turned up at Marco Silva's office and what Everton defender was told - Liverpool Echo

 

Nottingham Forest are clearly serious about signing Holgate to be targeting him once again and it’s no surprise considering that Liverpool ECHO’s former reporter Sam Carroll previously labelled him “Mr Dependable”, so whilst the centre-back has been out of favour, he still has plenty to offer and that could be showcased with the regular game time he’d receive at The City Ground.

The New Era Global Sports client, who pockets £70k-per-week, averaged 3.3 clearances and 1.4 tackles per top-flight game last season, via WhoScored, showing the positive instant impact he made at the heart of the backline when given the opportunity to play.

Holgate, who has posted ten senior goal contributions during his time at Everton, would also provide Cooper with plenty of versatility with his ability to operate anywhere across the defence and even two roles in the midfield, so he would definitely give Cooper another solid option should he put pen to paper in the weeks ahead.

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Nottingham Forest Explore Swoop For Ligue 1 Defender

Nottingham Forest have made contact with Strasbourg centre-back Alexander Djiku, whose contract with the French side is set to expire this month, it has been claimed in France.

The Tricky Trees are keen to continue to develop their squad this summer and have already offloaded 13 players.

 

 

The City Ground outfit are also eying strengthening their defence ahead of next season’s campaign in the hopes of not getting dragged into another relegation scrap.

And they are credited with an interest in several players, including Djiku, whose contract with Strasbourg is set to expire at the end of June.

 

Strasbourg are eager to hold on to their defensive cornerstone, but according to French sports daily L’Equipe, Nottingham Forest have contacted the centre-back amid their efforts to fortify their defensive options in the ongoing transfer window.

The France-born Ghana international helped Strasbourg avert a relegation scare last season, albeit it is unclear if he is keen on extending his stay at the French side beyond the summer.

 

Steve Cooper’s side have concluded the permanent signing of Chris Wood from Newcastle United, with the rebuild at the City Ground under way.

Now it remains to be seen whether Nottingham Forest will be able to strike a deal for an experienced centre-back in the shape of Djiku.

 

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