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Everton closing in on Rangers’ Nathan Patterson in £10 million move

It has been somewhat of a bewildering slump for Everton this season, who under new boss Rafa Benitez appeared to have started the campaign positively.

However, a run of form that has seen them lose eight of 12 games in the run-up to the end of the year, left them perilously close to the relegation zone. One such problem that is being reported for their dip in form is a lack of major activity in last summer’s transfer window, with Benitez opting to bring in bargains and experienced players, rather than blockbuster additions.

While the likes of Demarai Gray (potentially signing of the season for £1.7 million) and seasoned professional Andros Townsend who joined on a free have contributed in part, it has led the club to believe that more investment is needed. As a result, they have been linked with Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson in a £10 million move this January as Benitez looks to revamp his defence.

Everton closing in on Rangers’ Nathan Patterson in £10 million move

 

What can Patterson add?

The full-back is seen as one of the next big exciting prospects in Scottish football, having already been capped for his country, while he has excelled at club level, playing a part in helping Rangers win the Scottish Premiership last term.

It is believed that Everton see him as a long-term replacement for veteran right-back Seamus Coleman who will leave a big hole in this position and Patterson already has demonstrated the raw potential.

Coleman has earned a reputation for his assists and goals over the years, becoming one of the best in his position in the English top-flight, however, at the age of 33, he is reaching the twilight of his career at the highest level.

Able to play at left-back, or further forward on the right as well, Patterson offers Everton versatility, with him certainly being someone that they can mould over the next couple of years.

Benitez knows that his defence is a problem at the minute and Patterson could well help to rejuvenate the right-back berth.

 

Priority or luxury?

While there is no doubt that Patterson has the ability and at £10 million, this could well prove to be a bargain, it could be argued that there are other areas in the team that need freshening up.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggling for form, Everton appear goal-shy, in addition to having a soft centre in the middle of the park, which should signal to Benitez that reinforcements elsewhere are more of a priority.