Everton Close To £12m Deal For Rangers Right Back Nathan Patterson

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Everton are hopeful of completing a £12m deal to sign Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson in what would be a record fee for the Ibrox club.

Manager Rafael Benitez first moved for the 20-year-old in the summer with a reported £8m offer, but then-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said the Scotland international would not be sold and Everton’s bid was rejected.

However, Patterson has struggled to break into the Rangers team, being limited to only a handful of appearances due to the excellent form of club captain James Tavernier.

The opening of the January transfer window saw a fresh bid from Everton, who are said to be optimistic that they are close to finally landing a long-term successor to veteran and club captain Seamus Coleman. The move comes after the Blues signed Ukraine left back Vitaliy Mykolenko.

Patterson has made 27 club appearances in total, scoring twice, and netted his first Scotland goal in the victory against Moldova in November. The 20-year-old has six international caps and featured at Euro 2020.

Reports that Everton are close to a deal for the right back have come from many outlets – including BBC, Liverpool Echo and The Scottish Sun, who add that Patterson has already left Glasgow in order to have his medical ahead of the move. Fabrizio Romano has also confirmed additional details of the move.

Everton got off to a good start under Rafa Benitez this season, but results have faded and Benitez is now under pressure after Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat by Brighton left them struggling in 15th place in the Premier League.

Everton have already completed a deal, understood to be worth up to £17m including add-ons, for Dynamo Kyiv’s 22-year-old Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko, who has signed a four-year deal.

Any deal for Patterson looks set to eclipse Rangers’ club record – which stands from 2008 when they sold Alan Hutton to Tottenham.

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