Newcastle In Race With Red Devils For Top Young Defender

News in The Sun today that Newcastle are making a late move for 18 year-old defender Barnsley Mason Holgate, who Manchester United had hoped to sign this weekend.

Manchester United had moved in for the Doncaster-born youngster and bid £1M for him, but Newcastle are said to now be in negotiations for the youngster with Barnsley.

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Mason Holgate 18 year-old Barnsley defender

After Arsenal and Tottenham expressed an interest in him, Mason has been on trial at Manchester United this month, and it seems they have seen enough of him to want to sign him up.

Swansea are also said to be interested in the player, but the news is that Newcastle have moved in quickly to try to tie up a deal for the very promising young right-back.

Last season he made 22 appearances for Barnsley with one goal, after making his first team debut only in December of last year, playing the full ninety minutes of a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell.

His contact has one year left to run at Oakwell.

Newcastle are pursuing a number of targets in the transfer market this summer, and they include signing up younger players like Mason, who will probably become part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.

Newcastle may also decide to send him on loan to a Championship club, so that he gets the first-team playing time to help him develop as a footballer.

Newcastle have signed up Dutch International midfielder Gini Wijnaldum for £14.5M, and expect to sign 20 year-old Anderlecht and Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic tomorrow for around £12.7M.

Newcastle are also reported to be in negotiations for center-back Chancel Mbemba of Anderlecht, Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and QPR striker Charlie Austin of QPR.

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