By Michael Brown

12th Sep, 2020 | 7:30pm

Exclusive: Top pundit touts new defensive Everton signing after 'Fantastic' squad development

Michael Brown believes Everton are still in the market for a new defender after they completed three ‘fantastic’ new signings over the last week.

The former Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thought the backline was where Carlo Ancelotti would look to strengthen ahead of the new Premier League season.

Everton confirmed on Tuesday that they had sealed a deal to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure after the arrivals of both Allan and James Rodriguez earlier this month.

They have also signed promising left-back Niels Nkounkou from Olympique Marseille.

With two new midfielders and a playmaker on the books, Brown has touted the Toffees to launch a move for at least one new defender before the transfer window shuts next month.

Brown told Football Insider: “I really like him, Doucoure, I think he’s an impressive midfield player so they’ve got fantastic strength now in the middle of the pitch which will be key.

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“Will there be more to come? There possibly will be, you would expect something defensively going into the football club, that’s where I thought and I think they’ll still be looking in those areas.”

Everton are likely to be in the market for a new senior left-back to compete with Lucas Digne after Leighton Baines hung up his boots at the end of last season.

Ancelotti currently has the likes of Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane to call on at centre-back, while Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny are his right-back options.

In other Everton news, Brown has lauded a big “statement” from the Toffees as contract terms agreed.