Everton are a club notorious for their transfer mishaps, with owner Farhad Moshiri having thrown around his untold riches with wildly varying accuracy.
The Iranian recently celebrated his seventh year since taking over the club, whilst fans condemned his practices across this period which has seen the club sink even lower than when they had little money.
Would you sell Holgate?
Just before his acquisition, the Toffees were renowned for their shrewdness in the market, where they would find unknown talents to develop alongside their established leaders.
They developed a penchant for scouring the lower leagues and plucking the ones for the future, and in Mason Holgate, they assumed they had found yet another gem.
Having been signed for just £2m back in 2015, the 26-year-old has developed into a relatively capable defender at the Premier League level.
However, given the recent interest in him from the likes of Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, it might mark a fine opportunity to earn some vital profit on a man who has been known to be unreliable at the back for numerous managers now.
How much is Mason Holgate worth?
The former Barnsley centre-back has made an impressive 146 appearances since his move to Goodison Park, yet has often come under fire for his hot-headedness and lack of composure at the back. As such, he has been exposed on numerous occasions across this tenure.
It was under Carlo Ancelotti’s reign that he was lambasted for his “really bad” error by Sky Sports journalist Ron Walker, which cost them a game against Aston Villa.
Last season he could only muster a 6.65 average Sofascore rating, whilst the campaign before that he was responsible for two errors that led directly to goals.
This resulted in Frank Lampard opting to add both James Tarkowski and Conor Coady to his squad in the summer, which has made Holgate effectively obsolete.
To see his value rising so sharply since the move will please the hierarchy, as the opportunity to cash in makes his potential exit all the more desirable. Football Transfers note the high point of his expected Transfer Value range at €25.8m (£23m), meaning that a fee in this region would represent a 1050% increase from his initial fee.
The £70k-per-week dud hardly represents a Dyche-style defender either, with his slight frame compared to former Turf Moor favourites Michael Keane and Tarkowski.
Therefore, he must strike whilst his value remains high in order to reinvest appropriately in the summer.