Michael Brown has hailed the beginning of an “exciting time” at Everton as the club completed a trio of midfield signings.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs man delivered his verdict as Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure became Carlo Ancelloti’s latest capture.

The Toffees have spent a combined £60million on Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez according to the Times.

This site revealed in August that the Merseyside club had offered Doucoure £120,000-a-week to make the switch from relegated Watford.

Allan became the first Everton signing of the transfer window last week after he completed a move from Napoli to be re-united with his former manager Ancelotti.

Rodriguez’s move represents the third time Ancelotti has signed the Colombian after previously working together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Brown told Football Insider: “I knew it was coming.

“I like Doucoure I think he’s done really, really well and he’ll be a real solid midfield player for them.

“To spend that it doesn’t seem like a lot of money, we don’t know the whole package.

“All of sudden it’s an exciting time at Everton when you bring players like this in and there’s players signing new contracts.

“Yes, I think they have wasted a lot of money, but now you’ve got a manager who you can trust.

“He’ll say the players he wants and you’ve only got to go with it and the backings there.”

Doucoure, 27, missed just one Premier League game for Watford last season due to a suspension for receiving too many yellow cards.

However, his efforts were not enough to stop the Hornets suffering relegation to the Championship.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has been left raving after the Toffees agreed a new  deal with a 27-year-old.