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Exclusive: Ex-Everton ace disappointed with one aspect of transfer window

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Former Everton defender Michael Ball was disappointed with the club’s failure to sign a right-back in the summer transfer window.

The club endured a difficult summer, as they were hamstrung by Financial Fair Play, although they did manage to strengthen Rafael Benitez’s squad.

Per Transfermarkt, Everton spent just £1.8m in transfer fees, with that being spent on signing Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen.

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Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic, Salomon Rondon and Andy Lonergan have been signed on free transfers.

There were links, however, with a number of potential right-back signings, particularly Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Netherlands star Denzel Dumfries.

The star seemed to be on the verge of a move to the and he even made his displeasure at failing to move to Merseyside clear on Instagram.

And Ball believes that the club failed in the window as they were unable to secure back-up in defence.

Speaking to This Is Futbol, he said: “Very disappointing in that point of view. We know a transfer window, the idea of it all is to be improved or better than you were before the window opened and while I feel Everton have possibly done that, I don’t think they’ve got numbers and quality in the squad and competition in certain areas.”

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