By Pranav Shahaney

12th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

Everton have clear run to sign Rangers defender Nathan Patterson in January

Everton have reportedly been handed a clear to run to sign Rangers right-back in January after a failed pursuit this summer.

According to The Scottish Sun, Toffees’ rivals Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign the 19-year-old and will not be bidding for him once the window reopens.

Gers are looking for a £10million fee in exchange for his services and Everton are understood to be open to shelling out that amount.

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Everton did not sign a right-back this summer, which will mean that Patterson is still on their radar.

After tabling a summer bid of £5million which was rightly turned down, they’re expected to return with twice the amount.

It’s understood that Rangers will accept the bid as it matches their valuation for the player.

David Tanner, who is a talkSPORT presenter, recently waxed the 19-year-old’s lyrical after watching him play for Scotland against Moldova.

Via his personal Twitter account, he wrote, “This is why young Nathan Patterson got the nod over Stephen O’Donnell at right-back for this particular game. Sensational energy in attack.”

Should Gers sell him, they would lose one of their brightest defensive prospects in years as he’s got the potential to go on and become a threat in the Premier League.

Also, given the hype and interest in Patterson, Gers should look to demand a fee closer to £15 million as they can then reinvest that to strengthen other areas of the squad.

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