Alan Hutton has claimed that a club in the Premier League are now eyeing up a move to sign Nathan Patterson from Glasgow Rangers.
The Lowdown: Everton bid
According to The Daily Mirror, Everton have made a £5m bid to try and sign Patterson before the summer transfer window ends.
Should Rangers start Patterson?
However, The Scottish Sun have claimed that Liverpool have been following his progression since the beginning of the year, and so it could turn out to be a two-way tussle between the Merseyside clubs for his signature.
The Latest: Hutton on Patterson
Speaking to Football Insider, former Light Blues player Hutton has claimed that he has heard that Liverpool are eyeing Patterson, but wants him to stay at Ibrox and continue to fight with James Tavernier for the starting right-back spot:
“We’re looking at a guy with the potential to be very good.
“To be at Rangers for a number of years, to be a Scotland international for a number of years. We’re looking at potential, we’ve seen glimpses of him, I would like to see more.
“I think now where we’re getting to a stage where there’s interest in him from down south, from big clubs. I have heard Liverpool are now sniffing about him as well.
“Steven Gerrard will probably have a big decision to make in the coming months. Is it Tavernier or is it Patterson?
“Can he share the load with Tavernier? We know how good he’s been, he’s the captain, his numbers are excellent. Patterson’s really now starting to push him.
“It’s probably a headache, I was going to say that he doesn’t want, but it’s a good situation to be in.
”I’d love to see him push Tavernier all the way. I think he’s got all the makings of being an excellent full-back for Rangers.
“Two very good full-backs fighting each other for their place.”
The Verdict: Keep
With only a few days left of the window remaining, Steven Gerrard’s team must be looking to try and keep hold of Patterson now, as there would be so little time to find a replacement for him.
At just 19 years of age, he has already shown just how much potential he has by getting called up to the senior Scotland squad for Euro 2020, playing in two matches in total under Steve Clarke (Transfermarkt).
With the Gers involved in the UEFA Europa League group stages once more as well, Gerrard will need to rely on his whole squad for the season, meaning that Patterson may well get more minutes under his belt by rotating with Tavernier.
Nonetheless, his market value will only get bigger as he develops, and so now is not the right time to sell.
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