EVERTON have made a £5million offer for Rangers starlet Nathan Patterson, reports suggest.
The Daily Mirror report that the Toffees are pushing hard to land Patterson and are confident a deal will be reached before the deadline.
New manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bolster his options at right-back and sees the 19-year-old prospect as the right man to offer back-up for Seamus Coleman and ultimately replace him down the line.
The Scotland international is regarded as an emerging talent and that is why he earned a call-up for Euro 2020.
The young defender is also highly rated by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard but faces fierce competition with captain James Tavernier playing in the same position.
Patterson joined the Gers' senior squad in 2020 and has since amassed a total of two goals in 17 appearances across all competitions.
Former Rangers full-back Alan Hutton believes the Everton target has what it takes to become a "top player" for the Scottish champions.
Hutton said: “I’ve watched Patterson quite closely and I really like what I see, especially when he got thrown in at the deep end in the European games.
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"He handled himself so well for a young lad of 19. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.
“It’s going to be a battle between him and Tavernier. It’s intriguing because Patterson has the tools to become a top player for Rangers.
"There’s also a space he can fill for Scotland but he needs to be playing at club level first.
“But if Patterson can break into the Rangers team, or maybe even share the load with Tavernier, there’s an opportunity to get into the Scotland team and be there for as long as he wants it.
"He has the quality to be there for years.”
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