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Gareth Barry calls for patience amid lack of new faces

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has urged fans to be patient amid growing concern over the club's lack of transfer business.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley and forward Gerard Deulofeu are the only acquisitions so far - and they were both signed in June.

Manager Roberto Martinez is keen to sign a number 10 and a centre-back but supporters are growing increasingly discontented with the lack of activity to bolster a squad which finished 11th last season.

Their 2-2 home draw with newcomers Watford did not help to quell unhappiness.

"It is just about being patient," Barry said. "It is always hard to be patient being a fan. You want players joining to excite you and give you something different.

"Other clubs have strengthened really well and spent a lot of money so we are up against quality teams but it is about getting momentum and that comes from winning games.

"I am sure the manager and chairman (Bill Kenwright) have something up their sleeves to excite fans."

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