No new deal but Everton plan to keep Liverpool-linked Kevin Mirallas

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Everton have been unable to agree a contract extension with Kevin Mirallas, amid talk of interest from Liverpool, but remain confident that he will stay.

Surely Kevin Mirallas is not about to commit a cardinal sin in the eyes of Everton supporters and cross Stanley Park to link up with he?

Speculation ahead of the January transfer window has suggested that the Reds are shooting admiring glances in the direction of their local rivals.

Crossing the Merseyside divide would be a brave call for Mirallas, with 12 years having passed since a similar switch was made – with Abel Xavier the last man to do.

Prior to that deal, former England international Nick Barmby was the most high-profile figure to swap blue for red.

Everton remain confident that their Belgium international will not be leaving Goodison Park, for Anfield or anywhere else, but Roberto Martinez has admitted to reaching a stalemate in contract extension talks.

On the chances of player who is tied to the Toffees until 2016 being allowed to leave, Martinez said: “There's no danger, no. Kevin is focusing on his football, he's under contract. That's the latest.

“We always work behind the scene to see if we can extend the relationship. We have been working with Kevin for a long time. In that situation he is quite happy where he is.'

“Talks are going on. Both parties want something different, but the talks are held in a good atmosphere.”

Mirallas has been with Everton since 2012, when he was snapped up from Greek side Olympiakos.

He has gone on to make over 80 appearances for his Premier League employers and has proven himself to be a consistent performer in the English top-flight.

His direct running is complemented by a keen eye for goal and it is easy to see why the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, given their struggles in the final third this season, are being linked with a player reaching his peak at 27 years of age.

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