By Darren Bent

19th Sep, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Bent touts surprise Everton defender signing after transfer twist

Darren Bent has touted a surprise signing at Everton as Carlo Ancelotti looks to add a new centre-back to his ranks.

The former Tottenham and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thinks Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori would be a great addition but suggests any new additions could come out of the blue.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Toffees are facing an uphill battle to sign Tomori from Stamford Bridge as Rennes negotiate a part-exchange deal on loan for Edouard Mendy.

As detailed by this site, Everton have turned their attention to 23-year-old Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer as Carlo Ancelotti looks to bolster his defensive options.

The Italian boss has confirmed Mason Holgate may be missing for up to three months through injury while youngster Jarrad Branthwaite could be out for over a month.

Bent insists that Tomori would be a smart signing to fill the void in defence but believes Ancelotti could make a signing that no one expects.

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Bent told Football Insider: “I know they’ve been linked with Tomori from Chelsea, which wouldn’t be a bad replacement. Hopefully, they can line up someone like Tomori because that would soften the blow. 

“Zouma did well when he was down there but I do like Tomori, he played quite well at the start for Frank (Lampard) but he just got completely frozen out. If they could bring him in and maybe a little bit more experience as well, then that would be great.

“We know with Ancelotti, he can attract some players so it wouldn’t surprise me if a centre-half walks through the door that none of us expects but we go: ‘Ah, okay, that makes sense.'” 

Everton kicked the season off with a 1-0 win over Tottenham as Yerry Mina and Michael Keane started at the heart of the defence.

The Toffees have already bolstered their midfield with the arrivals of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, while they have also signed young left-back Niels Nkounkou.

In other Everton news, Football Insider pundit has revealed the key to the Toffees beating West Ham to the signing of a Premier League defender.