Everton are close to signing Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson, according to reports.
The 20-year-old defender has impressed for the Gers since breaking onto the scene in 2020/21.
Patterson initially earned a starting berth under former manager Steven Gerrard following an injury to first-choice right-back James Tavernier.
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Tavernier’s importance as club captain has made consistent game time hard to come by for the young defender at Ibrox.
His potential is clear to see, having broke into the Scotland squad as a teenager following his terrific performances at club level. The 20-year-old was named in Steve Clarke’s squad for Euro 2020, playing six minutes against Croatia in a 3-1 defeat.
And after reported interest last summer, Everton are “closing in on a deal” for Patterson, according to The Times’ journalist Paul Joyce.
Joyce wrote on Twitter: “Everton closing in on a deal for Glasgow Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson.”
The news was also confirmed by transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who said: “Deal set to be completed for Nathan Patterson to join Everton from Rangers. Negotiation at final stages. He’ll be Toffees second signing after (Vitaliy) Mykolenko.
“Fee around €11m plus add ons. Lucas Digne still expected to leave this month.”
Fee around €11m plus add ons. Lucas Digne still expected to leave this month.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 2, 2022
The Toffees attempted to sign Patterson in the summer window, but their reported £5m bid was labelled a “joke” by Gerrard.
“You carry on with the jokes – £5m, wow,” the Liverpool legend said in August 2021.
“£5m is, I don’t know, that’s definitely come out of a joke book surely. I don’t make the decisions in terms of when the right numbers are hit.
“All the players have got a price, we’ve said this so many times. We want to keep all our best players, especially our homegrown and local ones.
“There’s a big future here for Nathan. He’s got to be patient and he’ll get game time and minutes.
“We’re delighted with him, he’s not someone we’re looking to move on but every single person has got a number. But let me tell you now, £5m is so far away it’s unreal.”