Man City weigh up £30m transfer bid for Everton defender Mason Holgate

Manchester City are weighing up a summer move for Everton defender Mason Holgate.

Pep Guardiola is looking to strengthen his defence with at least two signings and £30million-rated Holgate has emerged as a realistic target.

Holgate, who plays as a centre-back but can also operate as a defensive midfielder and at right-back, has impressed this season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Everton are keen to reward the 23-year-old, who has two years left on his current deal, with a new contract, but City could move to sign him.

Guardiola's defensive options have been stretched this season with a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte, which ruled him out for much of the season, and the continued unreliability of John Stones.

Laporte was injured in City's 2-1 win at Real Madrid, while Stones did not even make the 18-man squad, despite being fit.

City could offer Stones back to his former club Everton as part of any deal to bring Holgate to the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has been forced to deploy midfielder Fernandinho in central defence for much of the season, alongside Nicolas Otamendi, and has made recruiting new defensive personnel a priority this summer.

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