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Everton fans can relax; Kevin Mirallas isn't going anywhere

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Rumours have been circling Everton's Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas all summer, with West Ham and Spurs being linked almost every week.

Reports from various sources claim that both clubs have been in talks with the unsettled Everton star as they seek to complete a deal.

No imminent deal necessary?

Everton have remained unmoved in their stance that he will remain at the club and has one year remaining on a contract, with another year if the club decide to activate it.

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The player has been pretty clear about his position also. He loves it at Everton, but at 27 he wants Champions League football. Everton tend to keep their best players until they express their desire to move when a club come in that they fancy - Marouane Fellaini and United being a prime example. 

Olympiacos have been linked to their ex-player and Mirallas himself holds the club dear. They can also offer Champions League football, though they can't promise the kind of money he is rumoured to be looking for, which is said to be in the region of six figures per week.

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Potential suitors

This brings me to the West Ham scenario. A team that regularly finish below Everton in the Premier League and a squad that cannot match the quality of the Merseyside outfit, the rumour has lacked any real substance from the start.

One massive missing ingredient is that West Ham are nowhere near a Champions League team. So I believe the rumour is extremely wide of the mark. 

Spurs would be more likely destination if he fancied a change. A club that will be challenging for an outside chance of a top four finish along with Everton, but more likely a top five spot and the 'best of the rest' label.

They have more cash to splash than the Merseysiders and they can offer London, which is a pull for most foreign players. But they still fall short of the players' desire to play Champions League football. 

Likely to stay

Mirallas is likely to stay at Everton unless FC Porto rekindle their rumoured interest that was prominent in the January transfer window.

Everton certainly don't want to lose the player, but will not stand in the way if a Champions League team make an approach and match their valuation. That will certainly not be West Ham or Spurs.

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