Everton have now been backed to sign Nathan Patterson before the summer transfer window ends, providing that one condition is met.
The Lowdown: Patterson bid
As per The Daily Mirror, the Goodison Park faithful have made a £5m bid to try and sign Patterson from Glasgow Rangers.
Should Everton sign Patterson?
As cited by The Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard labelled the reported offer as ‘a joke’ when asked about it.
The Latest: Whelan on Patterson
Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds United and Coventry City striker now pundit Whelan has backed the Merseyside club to sign Patterson before the window shuts, so long as they can up that offer ‘significantly’:
“They are obviously testing the water but Gerrard knows Patterson’s worth because he works with him every day.
“Let’s be honest, £5 million for a player of Patterson’s quality is a joke in this day and age. I would agree with Gerrard in that respect. It’s a bit disrespectful to put in an offer like that.
“If the money is right though, I think a deal could be struck there. One thing is for sure though, Everton are way off the mark right now so they will have to up their bid significantly if they want to sign him.”
The Verdict: Sign
Seamus Coleman struggled a bit with injuries in the 2020/21 season, and at 32 years of age, he is not getting any younger.
Thus, Rafa Benitez’s team need to think about signing a long-term replacement for him, and Patterson may well fit the bill.
At just 19, he has already shown his potential by getting called up to the senior Scotland squad for Euro 2020, playing in two games in total under Steve Clarke (Transfermarkt).
The right-back has already played in a total of 17 games in over all competitions for the Light Blues, including an appearance in the Scottish League Cup this season, in which he bagged two goals (Transfermarkt). He could look at the likes of Kieran Tierney as players who have made the step up to the Premier League from the SPL.
Nonetheless, Patterson would be a smart investment for the future, should the Toffees be able to secure his signature.
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