Everton are expected to renew efforts to sign Nathan Patterson from Rangers in January when Rafael Benítez hopes to strengthen both full-back positions.
The 20-year-old Scotland international was the subject of two bids from Everton in the summer, when Steven Gerrard, Rangers’ manager at the time, labelled their opening £5m offer “a joke”, but his suitors are ready to make a third attempt when the transfer window reopens.
The right-back has made 11 appearances for Rangers this season, though only two starts in the Scottish Premier League, and established himself in the Scotland team that reached the World Cup play-offs.
Everton have been heavily reliant on their captain Séamus Coleman at right-back this season and will need to improve on the £9m offer that was also rejected by the Scottish champions to finally land Patterson. They have already made progress in signing a new left-back, with an initial €21m (£17.86m) fee agreed with Dynamo Kiev for Vitaliy Mykolenko.
The Ukraine international, 22, has agreed terms on a five-year contract at Goodison Park and has undergone a medical before a transfer that could ultimately rise to €23m. His arrival would place the future of Lucas Digne into further doubt after the France international was dropped by Benítez and then declared himself ill for last week’s draw at Chelsea.
As well as a right and left-back, the Everton manager is looking to sign a new central midfielder in January.