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Exclusive: Everton ace urges Brands to do big deal this summer

Michael Ball insists that Everton need to sign a striker this summer to provide back-up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The England international remains the first choice at Goodison Park and scored in their first fixture of the season at the weekend, as the Toffees beat Southampton 3-1.

Everton have yet to spend big money this summer, bringing in Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic on free transfers, and splashing just under £2m to sign Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen.

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Calvert-Lewin was comfortably Everton’s top goalscorer last season, scoring 16 goals in the league.

The second top scorer was Richarlison, with seven strikes domestically, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and James Rodriguez both netted six times.

And Ball insists that the club need to bring in some support for Calvert-Lewin in this transfer window if they are to achieve their aims under new manager Rafael Benitez.

He said: “We do need reinforcements up front. Last season showed that DCL was the number one but when he was out of the side, we struggled, we didn’t have a replacement; Moise Kean was out on loan.

“It’s an area we need to strengthen, our competition in that area.”

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