Nottingham Forest have made contact with Everton over a possible deal to sign Mason Holgate, according to Football Insider. The Reds are keen to add another central defender to their ranks before the transfer deadline.

Forest drew 1-1 with Bournemouth yesterday. Steve Cooper was able to pair Joe Worrall with Willy Boly after the Ivorian defender managed to recover from an ankle injury picked up in the Carabao Cup.

But, it would appear that the Forest head coach isn’t overly satisfied with his options at the heart of his defence. Scott McKenna and Steve Cook have been in reserve of late, with Moussa Niakhate on his way back from injury.

Forest contact Everton Holgate
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Holgate has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park. He was once again an unused substitute yesterday as the Toffees lost 2-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium.

During 2022/23, he hasn’t played a Premier League game since a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in August. As a result, it would appear that the Toffees are now willing to part with Holgate.

The 26-year-old defender has been with Everton since 2015. He has made 145 appearances for the club and also spent six months on loan with West Brom during the 2018/19 campaign.

Peter Crouch is a fan of the defender. He called him brilliant and different class following a performance against Chelsea last season and Holgate will be desperately keen to get back to playing regularly.

Forest contact Everton for defender Holgate

This would perhaps be a sensible signing for Forest to make this month. Holgate primarily plays as a central defender but he is also capable of playing as a full-back if needed.

Holgate would hardly break the bank. Everton need to raise some funds for their own recruitment drive and want the £72,000-a-week player off of their wage budget.

His wages could prove a bit of a problem. However, he could be forced to accept a lower salary if it meant being considered a regular to play in a team more frequently.

Forest could do with something a bit different at the heart of the back four. As a result, the club could probably do a lot worse than snap up Holgate before the transfer window closes.

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