Ex-Everton man urges club to prioritise defensive duo when summer spending

Phil Neville has claimed that his former club Everton should prioritise their defensive targets when jumping into the transfer market this summer.

The ex-Manchester United player, who spent eight years at Goodison Park after leaving Old Trafford in 2005, was asked for his thoughts on Twitter.

During an online Q&A, the 40-year-old received a question about which one player Everton should target.

The Liverpool Echo recently reported that Hull City defender Harry Maguire and Burnley centre-back Michael Keane are both being tracked by the Merseyside outfit, and those are the names that Neville brought up.

The retired footballer believes that the arrival of either defender would boost Everton’s back line.

Interestingly, he selected the pair over a potential attacking target, despite uncertainty continuing to surround Romelu Lukaku’s future.

With regards to current matters on the pitch, the Toffees’ were beaten 3-1 by arch rivals Liverpool on Saturday, which has left them eight points adrift of the top four.

They remain in the hunt for a Europa League place, though, as the club reside three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.