By Derek Smithson

Phil Neville has praised the work of Everton in the summer transfer window so far and has backed them to follow in the footsteps of Premier League rivals Tottenham.

The Toffees have been very active in the transfer market and recruited seven new players, despite selling star man Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £75million.

Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Cuco Martina are the new faces to arrive at the Merseyside club.

Ronald Koeman appears to be building a very strong squad at Goodison Park and they will be looking to break into the top-six of English football in the upcoming year.

Neville believes that Everton will be one of the teams to watch going into the new Premier League season and has compared them to Spurs.

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The north London club have become a formidable outfit in the past few seasons under manager Mauricio Pochettino and Neville feels that the Toffees could now go on a similar path.

“Everton have to look at Tottenham,” Neville told BBC Sport. “Four or five years ago, Tottenham and Everton were on similar levels, Tottenham kicked on and Everton didn’t but now I think they are well capable of doing a Tottenham – producing a young team with a brilliant manager in Ronald Koeman.

“Everton have bought quality and what is more exciting is the young players breaking through – couple that with Wayne Rooney and it should be good. Everton could be one of the teams to watch this year.”

Spurs have been extremely strong in the past two seasons and earned third and second placed finishes in the Premier League.

They have begun competing for league titles and have an incredible core of players at their disposal, with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli continuing to improve.

Meanwhile, Everton will now be looking to establish themselves at the top-end of the Premier League and their fifth-placed finish in the 2013/14 season was their best in recent years.

The Toffees have not finished in the top four since the 2004/05 campaign, but Koeman’s current crop are sure to test the best teams in the division.

In other Everton news, the club’s supporters are divided on Twitter about reported interest in Theo Walcott.

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