Everton are reportedly interested in signing non-league defender Josh Heaton and this news should be infuriating for supporters.

The Daily Mail claims that the Toffees and Championship outfit Middlesbrough eyed the centre-back during his displays at the V9 Academy, which is where non-league hopeful try to grab the attention of scouts from the football league.

It is understood that the 21-year-old Darlington ace produced a standout performance and that has seen teams from the top two divisions circle for him.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has set up the brilliant scheme to try unearth gems from the lower divisions of English football and that is to be applauded.

Everton should always be on the look out to find young talents, but this is not the news they are waiting to here.

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New Toffees manager Marco Silva has arrived at Goodison Park to try turn around the club’s luck and get them back into the European spots after a very mediocre season.

He is renowned for his attacking style of play that should go down well with the Everton faithful, but it’s blatantly obvious they need to make some serious improvements to the defence in the transfer market.

It will be very unlikely that Heaton can make a monumental step up to the Premier League in the near future and that is why Silva must start his era with a marquee signing in defence.

In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.

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