Martinez aiming to keep unsettled Mirallas

Date published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 3:00

Kevin Mirallas: In decent form for Everton of late

Kevin Mirallas: In decent form for Everton of late

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists he would be keen to keep Kevin Mirallas during the January transfer window.

The Belgium international made his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season against Newcastle on Boxing Day.

He has since returned to the sidelines and Monaco are the latest team to be linked with a move for the 28-year-old, who signed a new three-year deal in the summer.

Martinez admits his squad is too big and players like Steven Naismith, who is interesting Norwich, may be allowed to leave this month.

But, asked if an approach for Mirallas, who in November admitted he could leave, would be welcomed, the Toffees boss said: “No, not at all.

“Kevin signed a new contract in the summer. He had a really strong pre-season. We allow football to make decisions. We’ve got really good attacking options and Kevin was unfortunate.

“He started the first game against Watford and from there he had a little injury, he got a three-game suspension, but the way he’s been working in the last few weeks earned him a start against Newcastle and he did really well.

“I expect Kevin to have a major influence in the second half of the season.”

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