Everton and Fulham enter transfer battle after Premier League rivals have bid accepted

Everton have emerged as contenders to sign Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson, reports claim. The US international left Goodison Park in July 2015 but a return could be on the horizon.

Robinson came through Everton’s academy but never made a competitive first-team appearance for the Toffees during his 11-year stay.

The 23-year-old eventually signed a three-year contract with Wigan in July 2019 and quickly earned admiring glances from abroad.

The Milton Keynes-born left-back was on the verge of sealing an £11million move to Italian heavyweights AC Milan in January.

But a heart issue detected during his medical scuppered the deal.

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Wigan were relegated from the Championship after a 12-point deduction for entering administration came into effect.

And with the club still in administration – the Latics will need to offload players this summer.

The League One side recently accepted Sheffield United’s £2million bid for the defender.

But Sky Sports claim Everton’s intervention could see Robinson return to Merseyside rather than join Chris Wilder’s Yorkshire outfit.

Everton are looking to replace club legend Leighton Baines, who retired after the 2019-20 season, and provide cover for first-choice left-back Lucas Digne.

Newly-promoted Fulham have also registered their interest in Robinson as they look to bolster their defensive options.

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“I’m pretty sure I will be leaving, bar anything out the blue happening,” Robinson recently told the BBC.

“I’m open to moving to a top-tier club. Whether it ends up being a Premier League team, a Serie A team or a Bundesliga team I don’t know yet. That’s all in the hands of my agent and who wants me more.

“I’m hoping that I can go to a club now where it’s a new challenge, it’s a higher standard and most of all I still want to play.

“I haven’t come back from all these setbacks to sit on the bench for anyone. I want to come and play and test myself and get better as a player.”

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