Everton have already made their first signing of Ukrainian left-back, Vitaliy Mykolenko, on the opening day of the transfer window, and on the fourth day, it looks like they could be making their second on the opposite side of the defence line, as a new transfer update emerges.
Transfer insider, Fabrizio Romano, has taken to his Twitter account this morning to give fans an update on the current situation on potential Toffees signing, Nathan Patterson.
He updated his 1.3 million Twitter followers on the progress:
“Nathan Patterson now prepared to undergo his medical tests as new Everton player. Personal terms fully agreed, just waiting for contract signing. Here we go confirmed. #EFC.”
Adding further information on the deal, Romano reports:
“Rangers will receive £12m plus bonuses for Patterson. Paperworks now – then official statement.”
The 20 year old right back has been making waves in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers, and impressed back in November when he scored his first goal and assisted Che Adams’ second for the Scotland national side against Moldova in a World Cup Qualifier that landed the nation a play-off place to compete for a spot at the Qatar World Cup at the end of this year.
Everton have been in extremely poor form, finding themselves 15th in the Premier League with three defeats and only one win in their last five games, registering five wins in total and picking up just 19 points over the season so far.
The defensive line has been the topic of conversation over the last few months for the Toffees as manager, Rafa Benitez was rumoured to have a fall out with Lucas Digne, resulting in a new left back signing and speculation of a move for the Frenchman, who hasn’t been seen in the side since the Merseyside Derby.
Seamus Coleman, who has completed 13 seasons for the Blues in the right-back position as captain of the club, has also had question marks over his head on when he’ll be retiring as his contract ends in under 18 months.
It seems the Patterson signing could confirm the intentions to phase out the 33-year-old who has been part of the Everton team this season that have conceded 32 goals and managed only three clean sheets so far.
We expect fans will be buzzing to see a fresh pair of legs added into the team that has a number of ageing players, especially in the right back position, where the need for a Coleman replacement has become rather desperate this term.
In other news: Speculation over Lucas Digne’s future mounting