Steven Gerrard blasts Everton £5million bid for Nathan Patterson
Everton have reportedly tabled a £5million bid for Rangers defender Nathan Patterson, and Steven Gerrard has called it a joke.
The Bears boss has heard about the reports linking the 19-year-old Scotland international with a move to the Premier League side, and it is safe to say he is not happy with their valuation of the right-back.
Gerrard insists he would love to hold on to Patterson, but admits he would cost way more than £5million if Rangers ever decide to sell this summer.
“Look, I’ve only just been told about this. It hasn’t been brought to my attention by anyone above me at the club,” he told reporters after Sunday’s 4-2 win against Ross County (via The Scottish Sun).
“I’ll ask the question when I go back on the bus, but if you’re going to talk about Nathan Patterson you need to get real. £5million, wow. That’s definitely come out of a joke book, surely. I don’t make the decisions in terms of when the right numbers are hit.
“All the players have got a price, we’ve said this so many times. We want to keep all our best players, especially our homegrown and local ones. There’s a big future here for him. He’s got to be patient and he’ll get game time and minutes.
“We’re delighted with Nathan, he’s not someone we’re looking to move on but every single person has got a number. But let me tell you now £5million is so far away it’s unreal.”
Everton need to do better
Premier League clubs do not respect their Scottish Premiership counterparts, and this is further proof.
Patterson is a Scotland international for crying out loud, and he is currently worth more than £5million by all standards.
He has a bright future ahead of him and is wanted as a long-term successor to Seamus Coleman at Goodison Park, and Everton should be doing better with their bid.
We know they are trying to test the waters with the offer, but it is as derisory as they come, and they need to do better.
Rangers are a selling club, no doubt, but we are only going to part with someone as valuable as Patterson if something tangible is brought to the table.
The youngster could be worth more than four times Everton’s offer in two or three years time if he continues to develop at Ibrox, but whether he is willing to remain with us or leave for the proverbial greener pastures remains to be seen.
In other Rangers news, Sky Sports pundit insists ace must exit Ibrox for sake of int’l career.