Rangers insiders Heart & Hand have revealed that Everton initially tried to lowball the Ibrox side with a measly £3.5m bid for Scotland international full-back Nathan Patterson.
The talented Ibrox youngster is set to bank the Gers up to £16m with £12m guaranteed and an additional £4m in add-ons.
Sporting director Ross Wilson has also successfully negotiated a sell-on clause which will see Rangers benefit from any future sale.
But according to Heart & Hand, Everton initially had the Ibrox boardroom guffawing with a measly £3.5m bid for one of the British Isles’ brightest young talents.
“Everton have been chasing Nathan Patterson since the summer,” said Heart & Hand host David Edgar on the platform’s Daily Update (03/01/21), available to Patreon subscribers.
“You’ll recall that they had three bids turned down for Nathan Patterson. The first bid incidentally that Everton put in was around about £3.5m.
“Rangers weren’t too impressed with that and held on. But Everton have come straight back in at the start of the window and the fee agreed is around about £12m up front.
“They’re paying the vast majority of that in a oner, with add-ons it could climb as high as £16m.”
Rangers hold firm and cash in on Everton interest in Nathan Patterson
Rangers deserve major kudos for holding out when it comes to Nathan Patterson and the fee that Everton will be paying sends a message regarding the club’s top assets.
The Gers are not interested in lowball offers for their top players and if anyone wants to buy the likes of Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara or Alfredo Morelos, then they can expect to stump up.
The sale is landmark moment for Rangers and something the club has been working towards as the Gers work their way back from the financial ruin of 2012.
Football looks very different nowadays – especially south of the border – and Rangers have now finally got a slice of the Premier League pie.
The board deserve credit for holding out and perhaps the full amount can be used to beef up the club coffers with a readymade youth replacement waiting in the Ibrox wings.