In an apparent big boost for Rangers, Everton have reportedly ended their interest in Nathan Patterson and are now targeting Calvin Ramsay of Aberdeen [Scottish Sun].
In August, the Mirror reported that Everton had submitted an offer of £5m for Patterson.
Initially, it was suggested that the bid was being considered, but David Edgar of Heart & Hand soon set the record straight, asserting that it had been immediately rejected.
Steven Gerrard would subsequently laugh at the seven-figure valuation for the teenage Scotland international.
Just days ago, the Sun reported that the Gers would demand over £10m to sell in January, with the piece claiming that the Toffees would be willing to pay.
However, on Monday night, the Scottish Sun released a fresh, somewhat contradictory report.
It claims that after failing in their bid to take Patterson to Goodison Park, Everton are lining up a move for Aberdeen’s Ramsay.
The 18-year-old right-back, who is under contract at Pittodrie until 2024, has featured in every Dons fixture so far this season.
The new report claims that Everton sent a scout to watch him in action against Motherwell on Saturday and although he was forced off soon after the hour mark with cramp, his display has ‘shot him to the top of the Toffees’ January transfer watch-list’, with fellow Premier League clubs Leicester, West Ham and Southampton all also keen.
Rangers boost as Everton reportedly turn to Ramsay
If Everton really have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Nathan Patterson, it’s great news for Rangers.
Of course, at some point, the club will need to bring money in from high-profile sales.
Yet, as the poster boy for the Academy programme at Auchenhowie and a player of immense potential, it’s important that Patterson remains at Ibrox for at least a few more seasons.
Ramsay is certainly behind Patterson in terms of his development, having only recently made his Scotland U21s debut, but he’s a promising talent and would likely be a much cheaper option for the Toffees.