Belgian Pro League sides Royal Antwerp and Club Brugge are willing to offer Everton outcast Kevin Mirallas a route out of Goodison Park, according to Nord Eclair.
More than 20 players have left the blue side of Stanley Park this summer, but a hoard of fringe players, including Mirallas, remain at Finch Farm despite being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Marco Silva (The Guardian).
The Belgian has attracted some attention from his homeland, though, as Antwerp and Brugge are claimed to be interested in striking a deal, as it is alleged the 31-year-old would be available for around €5million (£4.5m) as he has entered the final twelve months of his contract.
Antwerp are understood to be the most intent on signing the Standard Liege product, as the Bosuilstadion natives are willing to match Mirallas’ wage demands in order to secure his services.
Talks would appear to be gathering momentum, as well, as it is noted that the forward has ‘never been so close’ to returning to Belgium, where he never played a top-flight game before leaving for LOSC Lille in 2003 (TransferMarkt).
If the alleged interest from Belgium is true, Toffees Director of Football Marcel Brands must leap into action to ensure a deal is completed before the Jupiler Pro League transfer window closes on September 2 (FIFA).
Mirallas has not featured for Everton since November 2017, at which point he re-joined former side Olympiacos on loan, before temporarily moving to Fiorentina where he enjoyed a mostly unsuccessful campaign after first being deemed surplus to requirements by Silva (Liverpool Echo).
In 30 appearances for the Serie A side across all competitions – predominantly from the bench – the former Belgium international scored just one goal and laid on three assists for his La Viola teammates, while his last personal strike came against FC Empoli in an Italian top-flight encounter last December.
Fiorentina opted against triggering their non-compulsory €7million (£6.3m) purchase clause (Corriere Fiorentino) as a result of his underwhelming displays, and Everton have so far been unable to shift the £70,000-a-week (Spotrac) fringe player.
With Alex Iwobi also brought to Goodison Park in the summer for a reported £34million (BBC) – while Bernard held down the left-wing role for the latter parts of the 2018/19 campaign – Mirallas’ place on the Blues’ pecking order was further pegged back, and it would take a significant turn around for the outcast winger to move back into contention under Silva.
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