Everton have completed the signing of Nathan Patterson from Rangers for a fee in the region of £16m, the English club have confirmed.
Sky Sports are reporting that the fee for Patterson could reach £16m with add-ons. He has penned a five-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park.
The 20-year-old is Everton‘s second signing of the window. Vitaliy Mykolenko has already secured a move to the Toffees from Dynamo Kyiv.
Patterson, who has six international caps, told evertontv: “I’m over the moon to sign for Everton and looking forward to getting started.
“It was an easy choice to sign. This is a massive club with huge history and the fanbase is tremendous.
“Obviously we aren’t in the place where we want to be right now but we can definitely get there with the talent in the changing room and staff here, and I have full belief we can do that.
“It is really exciting to come to a club that has huge talent in the team. I am going to work my socks off and hopefully I can do well with them in training and in games.
“It was also great for me knowing the manager (Rafael Benitez) really wanted me here and that made my decision.
“When a club really wants you, it makes your mind up early on. I wanted to come here from the very start. I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at Goodison.
“Long-term, I want to nail down a starting position and win some trophies to make the fans proud.”
Patterson said Evertonians could expect “athleticism, desire and strong challenges, along with good forward play” from him.
He added that he had spoken to the club’s skipper and fellow right-back Seamus Coleman, adding: “I am really looking forward to learning from him and working together.”
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