Report: Rangers closer to agreeing deal for player wanted by EPL clubs

Report: Rangers closer to agreeing deal for player wanted by EPL clubs – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell, Rangers are moving closer to agreeing a deal to keep right-back Nathan Patterson at Ibrox beyond the summer.
A couple of English Premier League clubs are keeping an eye on the 18-year-old, and some were in attendance to run the rule over him in the clash between Graeme Murty’s side and Wrexham at the weekend.
Patterson is out of contract at the end of the season, but talks of a new deal with the club and new sporting director Ross Wilson have moved a potential deal along.
The Scotland under-19 international has been tipped to earn promotion to the Rangers first-team soon given that “he has got all the characteristics you would ascribe to an elite-level full-back”, but the Scottish Premiership giants face huge competition from the clubs down south.
The temptation to play in the English top-flight and the financial attraction could deal a blow on Rangers’ chances of holding on to their prized possession, but without a doubt, there is an easier path into senior team football at Ibrox, and that could make Patterson think twice before making his next move.
The teenager has been impressive in the UEFA Youth League and for his country thus far this term, and his style of play and huge potential will definitely continue to attract Premier League clubs going forward.
It will be interesting to see how much longer Rangers can hold on to Patterson who has been at the club since under-nine level.
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Report: 27-yr-old a January target for Everton after impressing in the Premier League

Report: 27-yr-old a January target for Everton after impressing in the Premier League – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Everton have been linked with the Irish defender John Egan.
According to the print edition of the Sun (sourced via Sheffield United News), the Toffees are keeping tabs on the talented defender.
Everton could certainly use defensive reinforcements in January and a move for Egan makes sense.
The 27 year old Sheffield United defender has done well in the Premier League this season and he is certainly capable of playing for a top half club.
Marco Silva’s side are fragile at the back and Egan would be a wise addition.
The likes of Keane and Mina are unreliable because of their form or injury problems. A defensive signing in January should be a priority for Everton.
The Toffees should be challenging for the European places and in order for that to happen, they will have to tighten up at the back.
It will be interesting to see how Sheffield United react if Everton make a move for Egan. The two clubs have done business in the past but the Blades might not want to sell a key player at this stage of the season.
Everton will have to pay over the odds to convince the newly promoted side or they must wait until the summer. Convincing the player shouldn’t be too difficult.
Joining Everton would be step up for Egan and he would be tempted if an offer comes in.
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Report: Everton keen on highly rated attacker, Tottenham interested as well

Report: Everton keen on highly rated attacker, Tottenham interested as well – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham and Everton are keeping an eye on the highly rated Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt.
According to Daily Star, other English clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on the player as well.
The 17-year-old has impressed for Wigan and he has a big future ahead of him.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs or Everton make a move for him in January. Both clubs have excellent youth setups and joining them would certainly benefit Gelhardt’s career.
Gelhardt’s suitors will have to pay over the odds to sign the player in January. Wigan are under no pressure to sell and they will want to hold on to their prized asset for the next few years.
The youngster is only 17 and he is likely to be a part of Everton/Tottenham’s youth team if he makes the move.
If he can get regular first team minutes at Wigan, that would be better for his development right now.
Having said that, a manager like Pochettino could do wonders with him. The Spurs boss could help him fulfill his potential.
Also, the temptation to join big Premier League clubs can be hard to resist.
It will be interesting to see what the player does if an offer comes in.
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West Ham star sends message to Winks after Spurs star grabs first England goal

West Ham star sends message to Winks after Spurs star grabs first England goal – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks scored his first England goal during Sunday’s Euros qualifiers 4-0 victory against Kosovo.
The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, controlling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass excellently well to leave the hosts’ defence in his wake before beating the goalkeeper.
It took Winks just six caps for open his account for the Three Lions, and the Spurs star will hope to keep influencing games for both club and country going forward.
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has sent a congratulatory message to Winks on Twitter thus:

massive congratulations to @HarryWinks & @masonmount_10 on their first @England goals. Great way to end the qualifying campaign! Bring on #Euro2020
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) November 17, 2019

Rice and Winks will come up against each other when Premier League action resumes this weekend, and both midfielders will hope to help their side to much-needed victory.
West Ham are without a league win in their last six games, while Spurs have won just once in their last seven league games.
Only a point separate 14th-placed Tottenham and 16th-placed West Ham in the Premier League table, and Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium could prove crucial as they both look to turn their woeful domestic campaigns around.
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Report confirms Leeds' desire to sign highly experienced Championship player

Report confirms Leeds' desire to sign highly experienced Championship player – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds have been linked with a move for David Stockdale.
According to Leeds Live, the Whites want to sign the highly experienced shot stopper in January.
Stockdale hasn’t played too often for Birmingham this season and a move to Leeds United might be tempting for him.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men want to win the Championship this season and they have an ambitious project right now. Someone like Stockdale will want to finish off his career on a high with a big club like Leeds.
The Whites could be in the Premier League next season if things go according to plan.
The 34-year-old is unlikely to start regularly for Leeds United with Kiko Casilla at the club. He could be an able back-up for the former Real Madrid player.
It will be interesting to see if the Whites make an offer for the player when the transfer window reopens in January.
Stockdale is unlikely to cost a lot because of his situation at Birmingham. He is hardly a key player for them and they could look to cash in if a reasonable offer comes in.
The move could be ideal for the player as well as Leeds and a transfer seems probable.
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Report: Club expects Tottenham to complete €32m transfer in January

Report: Club expects Tottenham to complete €32m transfer in January – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham have the option to complete the permanent signing of Giovani Lo Celso in January.
According to Mundo Deportivo, there is a clause that allows the Premier League club to sign Lo Celso for €32m in January, as opposed to the fee of €40m which they will have to pay if they wait until the summer.
The report adds that Betis are expecting Spurs to complete the purchase in January.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the window reopens.
Lo Celso is yet to make any meaningful contribution at Tottenham and he will be expected to perform at a high level once he regains his sharpness.
The attacking midfielder is highly rated around Europe and he was signed to make a big difference to the Tottenham attack. It will be interesting to see if he can deliver now.
If Spurs want to sign the player permanently in future, it makes sense for them to take up the opportunity and sign him for a reduced price in January.
Christian Eriksen is expected to leave the club and Spurs must plan for his replacement well in advance. Lo Celso could be that player in the long run.
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Report: 22-yr-old Newcastle target closing in on a January move to Wolves

Report: 22-yr-old Newcastle target closing in on a January move to Wolves – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Wolves have been linked with a move for Aurelio Buta in January.
The 22-year-old right back has done well for Royal Antwerp and the Molineux outfit are closing in on his signing.
According to Mirror (via Express), the Premier League side are set to sign the player on loan.
Watford and Newcastle are keen on the full back as well.
Nuno wants to add depth to his defensive unit and Buta should prove to be a good addition. He will add a new dimension to Wolves’ play going forward.
Also, his arrival will allow Nuno to rest a key player in Doherty when needed.
It will be interesting to see if Wolves can get the deal over the line now.
Buta will be tempted to join a Premier League club and Wolves have an ambitious project. They have already signed several talented players like Jimenez, Jota and Neves over the last few seasons.
The signing makes a lot of sense and Wolves have the finances to pull it off. Barring any late surprises, the deal certainly looks possible on paper.
As for the player, this would be a great opportunity to learn his trade at a high level. If he manages to impress, he might even get a permanent move to the Premier League in future.
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'It's not been ideal' – Lennon signing comments on his time at Celtic so far

'It's not been ideal' – Lennon signing comments on his time at Celtic so far – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Celtic defender Greg Taylor has revealed that his situation at the Scottish club isn’t exactly ideal.
The summer signing hasn’t played too often due to injuries and the form of Boli. However, he knows that he will have to be patient and his chance will come.
Taylor also added that Celtic are a massive club.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said: “I keep a good base fitness, it’s important to do that regardless if you’re playing or not. I played against St Mirren a couple of weeks back, so it wasn’t all that long ago I played. Obviously it’s not been ideal not playing as much as I would have liked, but you have just got to be patient. It’s a massive club I’m at”.
The Scottish international is highly rated and he just needs to regain his form. His desire to be patient and work hard will certainly impress Lennon and the fans.
If he manages to fulfill his potential at Celtic, the Hoops will have a fantastic young defender on their hands.
Taylor will be hoping to push Boli in training and then claim his first team place. The competition between the two players can only improve Celtic as a team.
It will be interesting to see if he can break into Lennon’s starting lineup in the coming weeks now.
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25-yr-old a priority target for Everton, Silva wants him signed in January

25-yr-old a priority target for Everton, Silva wants him signed in January – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Everton are interested in signing the Frankfurt striker Goncalo Paciencia this January.
According to a report translated by Sportwitness, the striker is a priority target for Marco Silva and the club’s director Marcel Brands is already working on the deal.
The Toffees are in desperate need of goals and Paciencia would be a good signing.
Everton spent big money on Moise Kean this summer but the former Juventus talent has not hit the ground running. It seems that he will need more time to adapt to Everton’s style and the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Richarlison has been the only source of goals for Silva’s side. If Everton want to finish the season strongly, they will have to improve their attacking options.
The Bundesliga forward would add more goals to the side but convincing Frankfurt to sell the player in January might be tricky.
The German club are under no pressure to sell their prized asset right now.
The 25-year-old has scored 9 goals this season and he is valued at around €20m. Everton certainly have the means to pay that kind of money for Paciencia and it will be interesting to see what happens when the window reopens in January.
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Former Everton Sporting Director Steve Walsh reveals warning Jose Mourinho before signing “big baby” Romelu Lukaku

Former Everton Sporting Director Steve Walsh reveals warning Jose Mourinho before signing “big baby” Romelu Lukaku – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Romelu Lukaku has transitioned into the switch to the Serie A pretty well after completing the move from Manchester United to Inter Milan. Having scored 9 goals in his first 12 games, the Belgian’s continued his impressive goal-scoring form in Italy.
Lukaku himself recently praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for letting him go, despite stating the Norwegian actually wanted him to stay.
However, Everton’s former sporting director Steve Walsh recently stated how he warned then-manager Jose Mourinho of not signing Lukaku, whom he defined as a “big baby” in terms of his attitude.
Walsh worked with the Portuguese in Chelsea many years ago and speaking to The Athletic, he said, “When Jose signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton, I remember saying to him, ‘You have to be careful with Lukaku. He is a big baby, you know.’”
“He said he could handle him. I don’t think he really got Lukaku on-side mentally, which you have to do.”, he further revealed.
The former Leicester City scout also suggested how he felt that the Belgian striker and Paul Pogba are similar in ways that they are more concerned about their own success than that of their own team.
He explained, ”That is the case with him and Paul Pogba. They aren’t my type of players. They are more about themselves than the team. I wouldn’t have touched them. Because they are good players doesn’t mean you are going to get a good team out of it., “
Walsh also explained how he feels United shouldn’t have splurged that big a fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who’s seen universal praise for his amazing work for the Red Devils since sealing a move from Crystal Palace.
The former Everton Sporting Director explained, “United have made a lot of signings. Look at £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Now, perhaps it is too early and he will improve, but my eyes tell me when he gets the ball he is not the best.
“He is a good athlete and very quick, strong, and a good defender, but United don’t need a good defender, they need someone who can play, get on the ball.”, he also added.
Walsh also explained how he would’ve suggested United have signed Kieran Trippier, who signed on for Atletico Madrid in the summer after Tottenham Hotspur were willing to let him go.
He added, “If I had been at United, I would have said, ‘Put your £50 million away, go and get Kieran Trippier for half that. He is an England international.”
“He isn’t a great defender or a physical specimen, but he can play right-back and get the ball in early and you have strikers who can score goals.’ It is common sense.”
Solskjaer’s been happy with United’s forwards despite losing Lukaku, but might go for a new striker in January, with Erling Braut Haaland being a priority target to get goals back to Old Trafford.
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