West Brom boss Darren Moore delighted to secure loan deal for Everton’s Mason Holgate


West Brom boss Darren Moore delighted to secure loan deal for Everton’s Mason Holgate

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

The 22-year-old defender will officially join the Baggies when the transfer window opens, on January 1.

Mason Holgate has struggled for game time at Goodison Park this season

Holgate, who can play at centre-back or full-back, will be available to make his debut in the FA Cup clash with Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

West Brom boss Darren Moore said: “I tried to bring Mason into the squad in the summer but at that stage Everton were not willing to release him.

“I watched him play against Salomon Rondon in the goalless draw at The Hawthorns last season and I thought he was outstanding.

“I want to get our business done as early as possible and this is a good start – I’m grateful to get him into the squad now.

Darren Moore has been tracking the youngster for some time

“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.”