Report: Tottenham need substantial offer to land top target

Kevin Mirallas Belgium

Tottenham linked with Everton's Kevin Mirallas.

Tottenham Hotspur have identified Kevin Mirallas as their top transfer target, report The Mirror.

And the paper report they are planning to make a move for him, but Everton want a 'substantial offer', having rejected their initial swap deal for Aaron Lennon.

Mirallas' contract expires in June 2016 and a new deal is yet to be agreed.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesAppearances
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 8 1 52 22
Nacer Chadli Tottenham 7 5 26 19
Kevin Mirallas Everton 5 1 13 16
Ross Barkley Everton 1 1 18 15
Erik Lamela Tottenham 1 4 30 19
Aiden McGeady Everton 1 1 12 13
Leon Osman Everton 1 1 10 11
Andros Townsend Tottenham 1 1 6 9

Of the eight midfielders for both teams to score in the Premier League this season, Mirallas is the third most prolific, with five goals in 16 games.

He only has one assist this season, creating half as many chances as Tottenham's Nacer Chadli.

Why he would be a good fit

Tottenham appear like they are not signing a striker this January, so a goalscoring midfielder would be the next best thing.

Mirallas has a real eye for goal, and could be relied upon to help Tottenham's push for a Champions League place. He would however be cup-tied in the Europa League.

A Belgian international, he would be welcomed at the club by international teammates Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen, and be expected to contribute right away.

Deal or no deal?

For Everton, Mirallas' contract situation is not as pressing as prospective clubs would like it to be. In 12 months time they may be panicking about losing him on a free transfer but not yet.

Roberto Martinez is under pressure after a poor start to the season, and will not want to lose a valuable contributor on the cheap.

The chances of Tottenham's success will come down to how generous with the club's funds chairman Daniel Levy decides to be.

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