Former Rangers man names price for Everton linked defender

Date published: Wednesday 29th December 2021 3:57 - Dan Butterfield

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson

Former Rangers man Alan Hutton believes Everton will have to pay at least £10 million for current Gers full-back Nathan Patterson.

The Toffees have been linked with a move for the Scotland international as they look to improve their squad after a inconsistent start to the season under Rafa Benitez.


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Everton currently have the experienced Seamus Coleman at right-back with Jonjoe Kenny offering a back-up option. Central defenders Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate have also filled in on occasions.

With Colemen now 33, the Toffees could be looking to bring in a new full back and 20-year-old Patterson could be an option.

The defender isn’t a regular for the Scottish champions with club captain James Tavernier ahead of him in the pecking order. Patterson has made just five Scottish Premiership appearances this season and has had to play on the left side of defence to get some minutes.

Alan Hutton made a similar move to the one touted for Patterson, joining Tottenham in 2008 from Rangers. The 37-year-old is now tipping Patterson to leave the Gers, stating it could cost Everton over £10 million.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said: “We’re talking £10million-plus. He’s not playing, it doesn’t look like Tavernier is going to go anywhere anytime soon.

“I think you’re looking at probably £10million plus add-ons. I know he’s not held down a regular place in the Rangers team but we’ve seen, given the opportunity, he can play at a high level.

“He’s played in European competitions, he’s an international player. Obviously, what he can become in the future, the talent is there for everybody to see. That’s probably about the price I’d be looking at.”

Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel cannot understand why the Premier League has not allowed teams to make five substitutions yet. 

Speaking to chelseafc.com, Tuchel said: “We want to win everything but we have two more games against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and one in the FA Cup, all in between Liverpool and Man City games, so it does not stop but the schedule is not the problem.

“We love the schedule and we love to play through winter and be the only league to play through the winter, but we need also protection from the league.’

“I can absolutely not understand zero per cent why we are the only league that plays through the winter and we are the only league with three substitutes in a period of heavy Covid threat and heavy Covid situations.”

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