There’s a report in the Mai today that Newcastle have made an offer for 18 year-old Barnsley defender Mason Holgate, who had a trial at Manchester United this summer.
While Newcastle and Everton are said to be interested, it looks like Bournemouth could be close to doing a deal for £1M for the teenager.
Mason Holgate 18 year-old Barnsley defender
In fact the report in the Mail says Newcastle have already made an offer for the young defender, so we can only assume that Bournemouth may have put in a better bid.
In the next three weeks Newcastle want to sign more players for the future like Ivan Toney, the 19 year-old striker we signed form Northampton last week.
Holgate played 22 times last season with one goal for Barnsley, and he seems to be a little bit like Leeds United’s Sam Byram, who we are also interested in.
Holgate plays right-back but he can also play in different positions on the right hand side of the field, but according to the report in the Mail it’s looking like Bournemouth may win the race for the teenager.
Holgate was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and joined Barnsley at the age of nine back in 2005.
The 6ft tall youngster made his League One debut for Barnsley only last December, when he played the whole game in the 1–1 draw against his home town club Doncaster.
Even though Bournemouth are in talks to sign the player, it’s still possible that Newcastle could move in and be successful in signing the teenager.
If Newcastle do manage to sign Holgate, we could well send him out on loan for the season, even allowing him to remain at the Oakwell club.
Steve McClaren is still deciding whether Ivan Toney should be sent out on loan or whether he will stay as part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad at Newcastle.
It’s important we sign some of these top youngsters for the future, and we noticed that 18 year-old central midfielder Dele Alli, made his debut for Tottenham on Saturday.
Spurs signed him in January for £5M, when they beat us to the MK Dons youngster, after we had been the favorites to sign him.
We seem to have done nothing right in January.
The 6ft 2ins teenager came on in the second half at Old Trafford in the 1-0 loss, so he must have impressed in pre-season training.