Everton are reportedly set to move on from their interest in Rangers talent Nathan Patterson amid links to Arsenal kid Ashley Maitland-Niles.
Maitland-Niles is reportedly training on his own amid Everton interest after he went public on social media regarding his desire to leave Arsenal [Daily Express].
The versatile 24-year-old is now set for showdown talks with the Gunners as Everton look to fill that full-back void.
The Toffees had reportedly made two offers for Patterson with the first reportedly starting somewhere around £5m and the second standing at £8m.
It speaks volumes that Rangers have rejected this amount of money for a 19-year-old and shows just how highly the player is rated by the Ibrox hierarchy.
The Daily Mail have since claimed that Everton were originally planning a third bid but due to Patterson being forced into self-isolation they are holding back.
This – according to that report – is because the player would be unable to undergo a medical at Goodison Park with the story being carried across the Scottish sports press.
That includes the Daily Record, who themselves claimed the deal was off due to a “Covid track and trace botch up”.
However, Rangers media partners Heart & Hand have rubbished this suggestion via their Daily Update for 30/08/21.
“Another rumour was that Patterson wasn’t playing (against Celtic) because he was heading off to Everton,” said David Edgar.
“Everton had come back in for a new bid but it was £8m and it was turned down. He doesn’t have Covid as far as I know but he was a close contact of someone who has.
“That’s why he wasn’t available yesterday.
“You may have seen that the Everton deal, Rangers would’ve accepted the bid but it was scuppered by the fact that he can’t go and do a medical – that is not the case at all.
“There are so many ways around that it’s untrue. You can still make a signing and there’s dispensation granted for things like he can have a medical after his isolation.
“UEFA can grant special dispensation in this Covid world. It’s just nonsense to suggest that. There was an £8m bid and Rangers turned it down.”
Meanwhile, a family member has given an update regarding the situation surrounding one heavily exit-linked Gers star reportedly set to leave Ibrox.