Rangers value Nathan Patterson more than double £5million
Rangers have knocked back a bid of £5million from Everton for Nathan Patterson as they value him at more than double that, according to Daily Mail.
The Premier League outfit are keen on bringing the 19-year-old right-back to Goodison Park this summer, and manager Rafa Benitez sees him as a perfect choice to succeed Seamus Coleman in the long-term [The Mirror].
Everton will have to go in with at least £10million for the Scotland international, and it remains to be seen whether they have plans to return with an improved bid.
Rangers really need to make money this summer, and our failure to make it to the group stages of the Champions League means we could be forced to cash in on some players.
James Tavernier remains Steven Gerrard’s first-choice right-back at Ibrox right now, and that is not likely to change soon.
With the 29-year-old blocking him from shining, could Patterson’s head be turned by Everton’s interest?
The Toffees are not among the elite sides team down in England, but rejecting the chance to play Premier League football would be difficult for any young player in the Scottish top-flight.
They may not be offering European football right now, but things could change under Benitez, and the financial package and attraction that come with playing in arguably the biggest league in the world are both very tempting.
At almost 33, Coleman will not be playing regularly forever, and the chance to establish himself as his successor could convince Patterson to swap Ibrox for Goodison Park.
Everton would have to first meet our valuation to have any chance of luring the youngster away, though.
The Champions League-winning boss wants to strengthen that particular position, and the club could be ready to support him by bringing out the chequebook.
In other Rangers news, Sky Sports pundit insists ace must exit Ibrox for sake of int’l career.