Transfer news

Mirallas tempted by Toffees

August 16, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Kevin Mirallas has revealed that Belgium team-mate Marouane Fellaini's influence is likely to sway him into joining Everton in a £5.3 million deal.

Kevin Mirallas
PA PhotosKevin Mirallas: Everton new boy

• Everton close in on Mirallas

David Moyes has flown to Brussels for talks with Mirallas' agent after watching the striker lay on a goal for Christian Benteke during Belgium's 4-2 friendly win over Netherlands on Wednesday night.

The Everton manager faces competition from Arsenal, who have also held discussions with representatives of the 24-year-old Olympiakos forward.

Mirallas, the Greek Superleague's top scorer last season, has refused to commit himself definitively to Merseyside or North London, stating only that his main ambition is to play in the Premier League.

Everton, though, are further on with negotiations than the Gunners, and appear to be offering the better guarantee of regular first-team football. Fellaini, who arrived at Goodison Park from Standard Liege in 2008, has done his bit to try to convince Mirallas to move to Merseyside.

The striker told Sky Sports News: "It is possible to go to Everton; it is possible to go to Arsenal. I don't know now. I will speak with my manager and make a good decision for me and also speak to my family importantly.

"They are two big clubs in the Premier League, but for me it is more important to play every week. It is better for me a little bit at Everton. They are a good team and it is a good opportunity because Marouane Fellaini plays at Everton who is my friend, but I don't know."