Everton will get a clean run at Rangers defender Nathan Patterson, with Liverpool deciding not to move when the transfer window reopens in January.
The Toffees were keen to sign the talented right-back in the summer transfer window and had made a £ 5m offer last month but the Rangers refused to accept it.
One of Scottish football’s emerging young talents, Nathan Patterson, 19, enjoyed his breakthrough with the Rangers last season, scoring two goals in 14 games in all competitions. However, he battled for right-back seat at Ibrox with James Tavernier that season, which resulted in both Everton and Liverpool being linked to a January move.
Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign the teenage prodigy, leaving traditional Merseyside rivals Everton in the driver’s seat to close a deal for him. The Royal Blues are ready to invest £ 10m to sign Patterson, who has a deal with the Gers until 2024.
Everton must sign a long-term successor to Seamus Coleman
Everton has started the new Premier League season steadily under new head coach Rafael Benitez with two wins and one draw in the first three games. The Toffees didn’t spend a lot of money in the summer transfer window as four out of five new recruits arrived free of charge.
With funds expected to be made available to Rafael Benitez in the middle of the season, the Merseysiders must aim to bolster the right-back position. Seamus Coleman was a great servant to the club, playing over 350 games after leaving Irish club Sligo Rovers in 2009. However, the Republic of Ireland international will turn 33 next month and will no longer have a contract in 2023.
Everton tried harder to find Coleman’s successor during the summer transfer window, but their long chase bore fruit. Benitez has Jonjoe Kenny as a backup option, but the Englishman’s stock has fallen in recent years with a loan move to Celtic last season that doesn’t work according to the scripts.
While Ben Godfrey remains an option if Coleman or Kenny are injured, Benitez will have to prioritize strengthening the right-back during the January transfer window.
James Patterson could be a valuable long-term investment for the Toffees
To that end, it makes perfect sense for Everton to rekindle interest in Rangers’ James Patterson as the young right-back has what it takes to come through the door as a superb long-term prospect at Goodison Park.
With Coleman aging and well managed and Kenny failing to get into Everton’s starting XI, one of the main reasons a potential deal for a talented aspiring defender like Patterson in January could be excellent deal for the Toffees.
The 19-year-old right-back made his Scottish debut when he won a friendly against Luxembourg in June and was substituted on 14 days later in the European Championship defeat against Croatia. The Scot is in the early stages of his career and while he has never played in the Premier League, his performance with the Rangers obviously indicated that Patterson is more than capable of cutting the mustard in English football.
All in all, Everton will have to do whatever it takes to get a deal with Rangers for Patterson in January as he has the raw tools to become Coleman’s successor.
I’m Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. As a qualified journalist and sports enthusiast, football is something I simply cannot live without and I write, discuss and analyze the game 24/7.