Report: Swansea City enter race for Aston Villa target Mason Holgate

Swansea City are to battle Aston Villa for Barnsley defender Mason Holgate.

Aston Villa face competition from Swansea City to sign Barnsley defender Mason Holgate, according to The Sun.

The Mail reported yesterday that Villa have submitted a £1 million offer for the 18-year-old, who is already a regular in the Barnsley side.

Holgate has rejected an offer of a new Barnsley deal, with his present contract set to expire in 2016.

Interest from Swansea is good news for the Tykes if they are forced to cash in, as there could yet be a small bidding war for his signature.

Holgate is a right-back, and is not the only one Villa are targeting this summer. The Metro have reported their bid for Nice's Jordan Amavi, who if signed would stand in Holgate's path for regular football.

This could yet help out Swansea, who can also boast of finishing eighth last season as opposed to Villa's 17th.

Both teams have bosses in Garry Monk and Tim Sherwood with reputations for giving talented young players opportunities, and Holgate could have a tough decision to make.

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