Marcus Bent said Everton have other priorities when asked whether his former club would consider making a move for Tyrone Mings.
Everton currently have four centre-backs at their disposal, but former manager Carlo Ancelotti chopped and changed his defence last season and was unable to find a settled pair.
Would Tyrone Mings be a good addition for Everton?
Yerry Mina and Michael Keane were often his preferred two when a back four was deployed, but both Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey also had their fair share of opportunities to make a case for a regular starting place.
Those statistics would suggest that bringing in another defender would appear one of Rafael Benitez’s top priorities in the transfer window.
However, when Bent was quizzed whether Aston Villa’s 6 ft 5 beast Mings, who was called magnificent by legendary former Arsenal defender Tony Adams after England’s game against Croatia, could be of interest to the Toffees, he exclusively told This is Futbol:
“He’s done so well, and there’s not a lot of left-footed players about and he can pass the ball. Would he want to go in as a squad player? I don’t think he would.
“We spoke about Everton, who are not really looking for defenders. It would cost Everton a lot of money, so I don’t think they would be going for that.”