Have these Roberto Martinez quotes plunged Tottenham's chances of signing Everton winger Kevin Mirallas into doubt?

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keen on signing Kevin Mirallas from Everton this summer.

The Telegraph have recently suggested that Tottenham Hotspur are set to sign Kevin Mirallas from Everton this summer, but comments from Toffees boss Roberto Martinez on the club's official website seem to suggest that those reports are wide of the mark.

Tottenham are thought to be keen on Mirallas, but Martinez has been effusive in his praise of the wide-man and it seems unlikely that he would want to lose him after being so complementary.

Martinez says that Mirallas is a 'special player', one that brings a goalscoring quality which is particularly important to his side.

“Kevin is a special player for us,” Martinez said. “He brings a goalscoring threat that is so important in football. It’s good to see that Kevin is well over his injury now and can challenge for a place in the team.

“It’s great to have as many players like Kevin fit and available because it gives you different opportunities to show a threat to the opposition. I’m looking forward to seeing how strong Kevin can finish the season now.”

With Everton having endured a disappointing season this time around, it is hard to believe that Martinez would be happy to lose someone he holds in such a positive light.

Although it is thought that Mirallas could be used to force through a deal which would bring Aaron Lennon to Goodison Park on a permanent deal, there has to be a serious question mark over why Martinez would part with a player he clearly feels is important to his side.

Replacing Mirallas would be a difficult task for Everton and with Martinez still a huge fan of the Belgian winger's ability, it does seem unlikely that the Toffees would be so willing to let him leave.

If Mirallas did move to Tottenham he would be an exciting addition for the north London side, but it seems that the deal will not be as straight-forward to complete as reports would suggest.

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