Report: Manchester United, Wolves, and Aston Villa had scouted £17m Rangers star
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Report: Manchester United, Wolves, and Aston Villa had scouted £17m Rangers star

Football website 90Min claim Aston Villa, Wolves and Manchester United had all scouted Rangers defender Nathan Patterson – but it appears the Scotland ace is about to join Everton in a deal worth a huge £17million.

Patterson, 20, is arguably one of the best young talents to come through the ranks at Rangers in recent seasons. Steven Gerrard oversaw his development, but could rarely give him game time – due to captain James Tavernier.

However, in his 27 senior appearances for the Gers, he has certainly caught the eye. Indeed, Patterson did enough to win a place in Scotland’s Euro 2020 side in the summer – and has seemingly impressed scouts from other clubs, too.

90Min report that Everton will be paying a £12million fee up top, which could reach £17million. A hefty fee, one that put Villa, Wolves and United off – who preferred a summer move. All three had watched the Rangers star play.

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At Villa, Poland international Matty Cash is easily the club’s best option and would keep Patterson on the sidelines. Diego Dalot has rejuvenated his United career with Aaron Wan-Bissaka also a £50million player.

Wolves boast Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever as options. So, the best move was really Everton for Patterson. That is, because Seamus Coleman is now 33 – and Jonjoe Kenny is surplus to requirements.

In regards to game time, a path into the first team and furthering his development – Everton was Patterson’s best choice of the four options. A deal is expected to go through in the coming days.

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