David Hughes has been speaking on the All Together Now podcast about Everton transfer target Nathan Patterson.
Everton were clearly targeting a new right-back last summer, as they were linked with moves for Denzel Dumfries, Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well as Patterson – with the Toffees seeing bids rejected for the latter two.
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Rangers defender Patterson could be the most attractive option given he’s only 20 years old, while he is not a regular or guaranteed starter at Ibrox, and may see the lack of right-back options at Goodison Park and believe there is a very clear pathway into the first team.
Hughes is excited by Patterson given the calibre of other teams that are reportedly interested in him.
He said: “On Patterson, I think because there’s a lot of noise from various, what I consider reliable scouting networks, certain clubs, who if they’re showing an interest, you tend to be confident that the player’s the real deal.”
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With Everton’s severe lack of spending over the summer, targeting a young right-back who is not being handed the necessary game time – as the club’s captain plays in the same position as him at Rangers – who may want to test himself in the Premier League could be a shrewd piece of business.
It may be a pretty straightforward deal to get done if Everton are serious about signing Patterson and making him their number-one right-back going forward as he’s started just two league games all season, and at 20 years old, he will surely be looking for some regular first-team action – so it may well be a case of seeing off any competition for his signature.