Everton Are Closing In On The Capture Of Rangers Whizkid Nathan Patterson

The Premier League outfit have agreed to a deal worth £12 million that could potentially rise to £16 million, including add-ons.

The player is soon expected to agree personal terms with the club before completing his medical at Goodison Park within the next 24 hours.

Patterson is set to become Everton’s first signing in the January transfer window. His addition to the club may solve Rafa Benitez’s woes at right-back as the Spaniard had struggled with the club’s lack of depth in the particular position, often appearing overly reliant on the services of the ageing Seamus Coleman

One would expect Patterson to serve as a cover for Irishman before taking on the mantle of becoming the club’s first-choice right-back. He has already made some waves in Scottish football, having featured in 27 competitive appearances for Rangers.

While regular minutes have been hard to come by due to the presence of captain James Tavernier, the 20-year-old has made a solid impression whenever he has represented the first team. It had led to widespread interest from other Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, currently managed by Steven Gerrard, who had played a key role behind the youngster’s breakthrough in professional football.

But it is Everton who have prevailed in the race to sign Patterson, who will be hoping to follow the footsteps of excellent Scottish fullbacks in the Premier League like Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson.

One would also expect the Toffees themselves to now shift their focus on fixing their problems at left-back. Their premier option in Lucas Digne has fallen out with coach Benitez, thus leading to speculations regarding his long-term future at the club. The Frenchman has been already linked with a move to Chelsea and Newcastle United in January, while Juventus are involved in the equation as well.

However, Everton are already prepared for life without the former Barcelona starlet, as they reportedly have a move lined up for Vitaliy Mykolenko. The Dynamo Kyiv left-back is the likeliest candidate to replace Digne during the second half of the campaign, becoming the club’s second signing of January in the process.

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