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CONFIRMED: Everton let defender leave on permanent deal

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USA international Antonee Robinson deemed surplus to requirements

Everton v Kariobangi Sharks - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

USMNT defender Antonee Robinson is the latest player to leave Everton this summer, rejoining Championship side Wigan on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Latics and is believed to have cost a fee in the region of £2million.

The Director of Football at the Wigan is former Everton great Joe Royle who remains on excellent terms with the club so that is likely to have greased the wheels of the deal.

Robinson spent last season on loan at the DW Stadium, making 26 appearances, though he saw his campaign ended prematurely by an ankle injury.

He began pre-season hoping to impress Marco Silva and earn a place in Everton’s senior squad but it seems he has not done enough to impress the Portuguese.

Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines, who signed a new one-year deal earlier this summer, were always going to be tough to dislodge so it is probably best if Robinson continues his progress elsewhere.

The full-back, who joined the club aged 11 a decade ago, leaves without having made a senior appearance for the Toffees.

He has, though, become a full US international during his time at Goodison Park, earning seven caps including appearances against the likes of France, Brazil and Colombia.

He is the second player after Nikola Vlasic to be sold this summer, with seven others out on loan - Korede Adedoyin, Joao Virginia, Kieran Dowell, Sandro Ramirez, Luke Garbutt, Jonjoe Kenny and Shani Tarashaj.