Everton are likely to bring in a “couple” more signings as the signing blitz intensifies, according to Michael Brown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder claimed the Toffees needed to start well if they hope to qualify for Europe.

Abdoulaye Doucoure became the Toffees latest signing as they look to improve on last season 12th place finish.

The Times report that Everton have added the 27-year-old as well as James Rodriguez and Allan for a combined fee of £60million.

This site revealed last month that Everton had offered Doucoure £120,000-a-week to move to Merseyside.

Both Allan and Rodriguez have played under Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti before, with Allan playing under the Italian at Napoli.

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This is the third time Ancelotti has signed Rodriguez with the pair working together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Asked by Football Insider which of the trio of new signings will add the most, Brown said: “They need a bit from all of them, to be honest.

“When it really mattered last season they were a little bit light.

“It is important that they keep strengthening and show that intent and I think they’re doing that.

“It will be tough to get into that top six but they have an experienced manager and could get a couple more in.

“They need to start well, they need to gel and when you get so many in it can take a bit of time.”

In other Everton news, a top pundit has suggested the real reason why the Toffees have handed a 27-year-old a bumper new deal.