Latest Che Adams transfer update, as Mason Holgate on the verge of leaving on loan

Southampton Football Club has swiftly taken action to bolster their defense by securing the loan signing of Mason Holgate from Everton. However, negotiations for Che Adams’ move to Everton have yet to be finalized, writes the Liverpool ECHO.

According to information obtained by the ECHO, Southampton’s pursuit of Swansea City’s Nathan Wood has hit a standstill, prompting the club to rapidly reinforce their defensive ranks. As of the time of this publication, Mason Holgate is en route to the south coast for a medical examination.

As previously reported by the ECHO on June 26, Everton granted Mason Holgate permission to seek a departure from the club, either through a permanent transfer or a loan deal during the summer transfer window. Southampton had displayed interest in the 26-year-old for a span of several weeks.

The impending move of Holgate, 26, to Southampton will take the form of a straightforward loan arrangement, devoid of any clauses for a future purchase. Holgate has not yet made an appearance in the Premier League this season and was absent from Everton’s matchday squads in their initial two games. His involvement in the previous season’s Premier League was limited to only five starting matches, with just two of those occurring under the management of Sean Dyche. One of these two appearances resulted in a red card during a goalless draw against Crystal Palace.

While the Holgate deal has been successfully negotiated between Everton and Southampton, discussions concerning Che Adams continue to drag on. Everton submitted a bid for the striker more than a week ago. Although both clubs are nearing an agreement on an estimated total fee of £15 million, Everton’s financial stability has been cast into uncertainty following the collapse of an investment deal with MSP Capital. This has cast doubt on the specifics of the initial payment that Southampton would receive for the Scotland international.

Sources connected to Southampton, as understood by the ECHO, indicate that the transfer for Adams remains a possibility, yet doubts have crept in. Another Premier League club has reportedly expressed interest in the 27-year-old striker, who could also opt for a contract extension if his exit from Southampton is not secured before the conclusion of the current transfer window.

In parallel to these developments, Everton has initiated discussions with Udinese regarding Beto, a towering 6ft 4in Portuguese striker. Having achieved double-digit goal tallies in Serie A over the last two seasons, Beto comes with a £30 million release clause. Even if Everton avoids reaching that price point, Beto’s potential acquisition might still prove costlier than the ongoing pursuit of Che Adams.