Arsenal and Tottenham set to battle over Barnsley prospect Mason Holgate

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Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly sending scouts to watch Barnsley teenager Mason Holgate.

Whenever a talented teenager breaks into the first team of a Football League side, they naturally get linked with moves to Premier League clubs.

We've seen it recently with Birmingham winger Demarai Gray, Preston midfielder Josh Brownhill and MK Dons star Dele Alli, and now there is another youngster hitting the headlines.

Barnsley full back Mason Holgate has recently made his way into Danny Wilson's first team at Oakwell, having been with the club since he was just nine.

The right back, 18, has started the last few games for the Tykes, including the Boxing Day clash with Preston, where scouts will have no doubt been watching his progress.

According to the Daily Mirror, North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are monitoring Holgate as they look to snap up some of the top young talent in the lower leagues.

It may be too soon for Holgate to up sticks for a big club just yet, but with Barnsley placing a big emphasis on developing young players from their academy, Holgate will have plenty of opportunities to play first team football, which will be great for his development.

With Holgate likely to play in the coming weeks and months, expect to see and hear more of interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, who could well firm up their interest if he continues to impress.

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