Darren Bent has tipped Everton defender Mason Holgate to turn down a move to Manchester City and continue his career at Goodison Park.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the centre-back would be best remaining somewhere he is going to get regular first-team football under his belt.

As revealed by Football Insider, City are readying to swoop for the 23-year-old this summer as they seek defensive reinforcements for next season.

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Football Insider pundit Michael Brown has suggested that it will be impossible for the Toffees’ defender, who was valued at £40million pre-lockdown, to turn the Premier League giants down.

However, Bent believes that the guarantee of first-team action could sway Holgate into remaining at Goodison Park for another season at least.

“If he’s going to go to Manchester City and play, then fantastic, that would be a great move,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“But if you’re talking about going there and being a bit-part player, I think that would kill him and his development. For me, they need a centre-half, I like Mason Holgate, I always have done, I’ve always rated him so if he can get himself there and playing, I’m all for it.

“I think he’s going to learn – listen, Guardiola’s a great coach but while he’s at Everton he’s going to be improving all the time. I’d be liable for him to stay where he’s at and go: ‘Not quite yet,’ but there is going to be a time where he’s going to get the opportunity to go to a big club because I believe he will do.

“For now, keep plying and learning your trade at Everton.” 

Holgate has played 30 times for Everton across all competitions this season, having established himself as a mainstay at the back under Carlo Ancelotti.

He has been partnered alongside the likes of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina at the heart of the defence.

In other Everton news, a defender at the club has been told to find a new club after hamstring blow.

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