Everton duo Mason Holgate and Josh Bowler could end up at Derby County next season, with new manager Phillip Cocu looking to land Premier League standard players, according to The Times.

The Dutchman has replaced Frank Lampard at Pride Park, with plenty of new faces expected to join him in the Championship outfit’s playing contingent.

Everton director of football Marcel Brands knows Cocu well from their mutual time in the Eredivisie and the report suggests that the Derby manager will lean on the Toffees chief for recruitment help.

Holgate broke into the Goodison Park first-team picture in 2016-17 and made 18 Premier League appearances, with 15 more the following campaign.

However, since the arrival of Marco Silva at Everton, the 22-year-old has found opportunities fleeting and the versatile defender spent the second half of last season out on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

Everton fans will question whether Holgate could have a role to play for them in the upcoming campaign but the defender needs regular first-team football and leaving Merseyside may be required for this to happen.

Bowler is a gifted talent but given the amount of attacking players available to Silva, the 20-year-old is unlikely to get a look-in at Goodison in 2019-20.

A move to Derby for the Everton youngster could well benefit both parties, with the former Queens Park Rangers man need football under his belt to live up to his considerable billing.


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