Everton sign Barnsley defender

The 18-year-old made his debut for Barnsley last December and has impressed during his 22 appearances for the Tykes.

Holgate has signed a five-year contract with Everton.

“With Mason, an opportunity came up and we didn’t want to lose out. He is a young man with a very impressive future,” Toffees manager Roberto Martinez told the club website.

“I feel that we are the perfect place in order for Mason to develop into a top footballer. I know that he is a player who can bring us something quite unique, so we are excited about that possibility, even though he is one for the future rather than now.”