Here are the Everton morning headlines for Friday, August 14.

Everton join Robinson race - report

Wigan Athletic full-back Antonee Robinson is in high demand this summer and Everton are among the clubs interested.

That is according to Sky Sports, who outline the Toffees and Fulham are both vying for the left-back alongside Sheffield United.

The 23-year-old, who only departed Everton last summer, will leave the Latics this summer with the Blades reportedly seeing a bid of around £2million accepted, which then sparked interest elsewhere.

Robinson had been on the verge of joining Milan in January but the transfer broke down at the 11th hour after a heart defect was detected in his medical tests.

Robinson made 39 appearances for Wigan last season, scoring one goal.

Toffees reject EFL Trophy chance

Everton will not be fielding a team in the EFL Trophy next season due to fixture congestion, the ECHO understands.

The under-23 side were guided to the knockout stages of the tournament last season by David Unsworth before falling to defeat against League One side Fleetwood Town.

Most of the games this season were due to fall around international breaks, with the majority of Everton’s under-23 players representing their nations at youth level.

With this in mind, it was decided they would not be able to field a competitive team for these fixtures.

Midfield priority for Ancelotti

Everton have a lot of work to do in this transfer window to improve Carlo Ancelotti’s squad but bolstering the midfield must be a priority.

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Analysis from the ECHO shows that while Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both enjoyed fine individual campaigns, there was little on offer from the supporting cast in midfield.

Full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Lucas Digne proved influential in terms of assists but the attacking contributions from the midfielders was disappointing and their style of play was predictable.

For next season, the club must look to get their central midfielders on the ball more and playing with greater variety; taking on more opponents and dribbling higher up the pitch.