Kevin Mirallas' wage demands to scupper Everton exit, says ex-Liverpool man

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Damien Comolli believes that Kevin Mirallas will remain at Everton due to his high salary.

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas will not be on the move this January.

That is according to former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Damien Comolli, who has been speaking to Le Phoceen and believes that no team is willing to meet the Belgian’s wage demands.

Mirallas has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park recently after falling out of Roberto Martinez’s plans.

The likes of Arouna Kone, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu have been preferred on the flanks, and Mirallas has made just one Premier League start this season.

The 28-year-old has since been tipped for a return to France, having previously played for St Etienne, with Monaco and Marseille said to be interested - according to the Express.

West Ham United have also been linked with an approach, with their interest over the summer covered by the Telegraph, but Comolli does not believe that Mirallas will leave Merseyside because of his large salary.

The Frenchman is also adamant that Everton are unwilling to let Mirallas leave on a loan deal as they would be forced to find a replacement mid-way through the campaign.

Speaking to Le Phoceen, Comolli explained: “For sure he would be efficient [at Marseille].

“He is young and today, at 28, he would return [to France] with more experience and character.

“I honestly do not see who could afford him in France, except for Paris [Saint-Germain]. Unless he lowered his salary, I do not see how that’s possible.

“Everton will never let him go, because if they let him go out on loan, they will have to sign someone else.”

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