Everton complete signing of Mason Holgate in £1m deal from Barnsley

Everton complete signing of Mason Holgate

Everton have completed the signing of teenage defender Mason Holgate from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, understood to be an initial £1million.

Holgate, 18, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2020.

But Everton have insisted Holgate has not been signed as a potential replacement for John Stones, who will not be sold to Chelsea, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez said: “I have said before the player (Stones) is not for sale and that is the end of it.

“Our situation has been very clear from the beginning. We are not a selling club who will lose our best performers.

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“His performance at the weekend was very strong and for a young man to come up with that leadership is a real sign of what he is as a footballer.

“He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.”

England centre-back Stones has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea, the last worth £26million, but Jose Mourinho shows no signs of giving up his pursuit while Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked with the 21-year-old.

Holgate is a product of the same Oakwell academy as Stones, who Everton signed from Barnsley for £3million in January 2013.

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