Could a Premier League club snap up this summer's Kevin Mirallas?

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Everton and Arsenal battled for the Belgian last summer ... who will fight for the signature of Rafik Djebbour this year?

Last summer Arsenal lost out in the battle for Belgian international forward Kevin Mirallas who decided to join Everton instead on a cut-price deal for just £6 million.

This season has been mixed for the former St Etienne player but one thing that has appeared in the last few weeks is his undeniable talent; the type of talent he had been demonstrating at Olympiakos for the previous two seasons.

This summer could another of the Greek powerhouses top talents be heading to the Premier League.

Arsenal fans will know too well just who exactly Rafik Djebbour is. The Algerian scored the opening goal against The Gunners in the Champions League back in 2011.

Since then he has come on leaps and bounds and with the decision of Mirallas to move on last summer he has taken the opportunity to step up with open arms.

This campaign the 29-year-old has scored 20 league goals in 24 appearances for the Piraeus based side and recently conceded that at this stage of his career he may have to consider moving from his footballing promise land that is Greece to further the final stages of his career.

"I have a contract until 2016. I am, however, 29 years old and if there is an opportunity to play in a top league, such as the English or French leagues, I will take it. The deal would also have to be right for Olympiakos."

He has played in Greece since leaving La Louviere amid a storm in 2005. Since then he has played among teams such as Ethnikos Asteras, Atromitos, Panionios and AEK Athens before finding himself at Olympiakos.

At each club he banged in the goals but has also had to overcome serious injuries throughout his career.

It does appear he is a late bloomer however with his most impressive seasons coming within the last three years and his ability as a striker is allied by his ability to play all over the top of the pitch.

In terms of an asking price Olympiakos cannot be expecting much. While easily the club that have fought off the Greek financial implosion better than any of their Super League rivals money is still short at the club so a decent offer for a man approaching his 30th birthday may bend the ear of Evangelos Marinakis.

He could be the bargain buy of the summer.

Who could snap him up? Arsenal? Everton?

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