Premier League club Everton are preparing a fresh multi-million pound bid for Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson, according to the Scottish Daily Mail (print edition, p.80).
Patterson has been impressing at club and international level and attracting plenty of attention south of the border.
However, it’s Everton who look to be the most interested of the linked English top-flight sides.
The Daily Mail reports that after seeing initial multi-million pound bids rejected during the summer window, they are planning to return with an improved offer in January.
Rafa Benitez is thought to see Patterson as a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman at Goodison Park.
Everton to test Rangers with another Patterson bid
Given their interest in the summer window and failure to sign a new right-back before the deadline, it’s little surprise that Everton are still keen on Patterson.
Rangers won’t want to sell their Academy poster boy and they’re in a strong position ahead of any fresh negotiations, as he’s contracted until 2024.
However, key figures at Ibrox have made it clear that player sales are required sooner rather than later and it’s possible that Patterson could go if a big offer does land.
After all, for all his undoubted potential, he remains the second choice right-back at Rangers behind the skipper, who still has plenty of years left in the game, so a mid-season exit wouldn’t be as big a blow to Steven Gerrard as losing an Alfredo Morelos or a Glen Kamara.