MANCHESTER CITY are looking at Mason Holgate to help solve their problem in defence, according to reports.
Pep Guardiola will prioritise bolstering his backline in the summer as he looks for a new long-term partner for Aymeric Laporte.
Holgate, 23, has impressed this season particularly since the appointment of Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti.
According to the Mirror, Man City value the England centre-back at £30million as he has two years left on his current deal.
But City's desperate need for a defender could see the Toffees raise the price-tag considerably.
Laporte has missed most of the season through injury and was subbed off in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid with fears he could be sidelined yet again.
Nicolas Otamendi continues to remain a liability while the manager has seemingly lost complete faith in John Stones.
The former Everton man was even in the squad for the trip to Los Blancos.
It has been suggested that Stones could be offered back to Everton as part of the deal but his wages will remain a stumbling block.
Holgate has had to remain patient to get a regular run of appearances in the top flight.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side West Brom and has now played more top-flight games this campaign than any other.
Sheffield United, Newcastle and Bournemouth were all checking his availability in January.