Everton recruitment chief Marcel Brands is right to not focus on incomings this transfer window because to improve their starting XI is going to “very, very expensive”.

That is the view of former England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees’ inactivity in the market this month.

Brands told a meeting of the club’s shareholders earlier this month Everton would focus on “offloading” fringe players this month rather than making any additions.

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The Merseyside club added Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, James Rodriguez, Ben Godfrey and Niels Nkounkou for a combined total of £60.5million in the summer.

The new recruits have had a positive impact on Everton who currently sit just two points behind Liverpool in fourth place.

Despite the club being on the brink of a return to Champions League football Mills has insisted Brands is right to give the current squad time to settle.

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He told Football Insider“I think Everton will be very cautious.

“Bearing in mind, they’ve brought in a lot of players in the last few windows even before Marcel Brands came in and it hasn’t always worked out.

“They brought in quite a few in the last window, four or five.

“Now they’re probably thinking ‘Right OK, we’re starting to get settled now, we’re starting to get used to the way we’re playing and we’ve got players coming back from injury. We’re understanding the process.’

“Who are they going to sign? You only sign players that are better than what you’ve got.

“I would suggest at the moment this is going to be very, very expensive.”

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