Everton player Mason Holgate has been advised that he can leave the club this summer as the Blues rebuild their squad.

The 26-year-old is reportedly close to leaving Goodison Park on loan, as newly promoted Sheffield United look to look to agree a deal for the defender.

Indeed, as per reports on talkSPORT, Everton are eager to trim the wage bill this summer to make room for incoming signings, and Holgate is a player the club want to move on.

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The report states: “Sheffield United are in advanced talks with Everton over signing Mason Holgate on loan, talkSPORT understands.

Centre-back Holgate has been told he can leave Goodison Park as Everton attempt to trim their wage bill and make space for new arrivals.”

Holgate disappointed during his inconsistent time at Everton

The versatile Mason Holgate made just eight appearences in the Premier League for Everton last season and was sent off during April’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Indeed, the 26-year-old’s form has been inconsistent at best for a number of years now and has at times been a defensive liability for Everton.

Very much a player who has not lived up to his initial potential, Holgate is clearly not fancied by Sean Dyche, featuring just four times following his January appointment.

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With two years remaining on his current contract with the club, now would be an opportune time to sell should a suitable offer arrive.

However, with The Blades reportedly interested in a loan deal, his absence in the squad for the coming season would at least free-up space for any new arrivals.

Indeed, reducing Everton’s bloated wage bill by offloading the likes of Mason Holgate could hopefully free-up some cash to reinvest in areas of the squad in desperate need of reinforcements.

The Blues must invest in their depleted forward line this summer as they look to avoid a third successive relegation scrap.

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