Struggling Premier League side Everton have just splashed out a reported £17m on a new full-back amid links to Rangers defender Nathan Patterson.
Ukrainian international Vitaliy Mykolenko has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Goodison Park, the 22-year-old signing from Dynamo Kyiv for the sizeable fee [BBC Sport].
But Rangers fans may be left disappointed by the news that Mykolenko is a left-back and not – like Nathan Patterson – a right-back.
Everton continue to be extensively linked to Rangers star Nathan Patterson in the press with the Merseyside club said to be readying a January bid for the player.
As explained by the Guardian, Everton coach Rafa Benitez wants to sign full-backs in both positions with a return for Rangers talent Patterson “expected”.
According to that report, Everton failed with a £9m bid for Rangers kid Nathan Patterson in the summer and this would be their third attempt at signing the 20-year-old.
Everton continue to be linked to Rangers star Nathan Patterson
If the Vitaliy Mykolenko move says anything about Everton intentions this winter, it’s that they’re willing to spend and if they are to move Patterson, they can be expected to cough up.
Rangers have made it clear repeatedly that they will not sell their best players on the cheap and if they rejected £9m in the summer we suspect any new approach would have an increased fee.
Losing Nathan Patterson would be a blow to many Gers fans but given the strength in the right-back area – James Tavernier is the club’s talismanic captain – it may make sense for all parties if the price is right.
Rangers can use any prospective fee to help fund Giovanni van Bronckhorst investment into the squad whilst the exit of Nathan Patterson would have comparatively less impact on the side than say Joe Aribo.
Everton look set to be busy this transfer window with Barcelona star Phillipe Coutinho and Pontus Jansson also said to be on the club’s shortlist [Express].
In other transfer news, read how one ex-Rangers star can help convince a reported Ibrox target to make the switch to Glasgow.