Everton defender joins Baggies on loan

West Brom have agreed a deal to sign Everton defender Mason Holgate on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old, who joined the Toffees from Barnsley in 2015, has made only six appearances for the Merseyside outfit this season, with the most recent coming in September.

Albion boss Darren Moore said on the club’s official website: “I tried to bring Mason into the squad in the summer but at that stage Everton were not willing to release him.

“First and foremost he is a good, good player. He is quick, agile, athletic, comfortable on the ball. He’s a young, up-and-coming player with a big future. But he already has good Premier League experience including playing in a Merseyside derby and that is a real furnace to handle.

“He will compete for the right-back and central defensive positions. His enthusiasm to come also impressed me – he wants to play and I believe he is going to be a good addition for us.”

Holgate’s transfer will be formally activated on New Year’s Day. He will be unavailable for the Sky Bet Championship match at Blackburn that day, and could make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Wigan at The Hawthorns.

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