Toffees boosted by signing of Mirallas

New signing Kevin Mirallas is looking forward to helping Everton enjoy a successful season after joining from Olympiacos.

The Toffees yesterday confirmed the capture of the Belgium international on a four-year contract after agreeing an undisclosed fee with the Greek side.

And the versatile forward, who has been handed the number 11 shirt, told evertontv: “I am very happy because Everton is a big club and for me it’s a very good opportunity. I’ve known Everton have been following me for a while and after talking with the manager I decided coming to Everton was the best opportunity for me. This is a great club with great supporters and a club that has the ability to win a lot of games in the Premier League. That’s why I came.”

The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in Greece last season, having previously played in France for St Etienne and Lille, and has netted five times in 28 appearances for his country.

His signing was completed too late to feature in tonight’s clash with Manchester United, when the Toffees will be looking to buck the trend of recent seasons by getting their campaign off to a strong start.

David Moyes’ side finished seventh in the Premier League table last season but their European hopes were all but scuppered by their familiar poor early form.

And striker Victor Anichebe reckons: “We always finish the season really strong so if we can start well this year then you never know where that will take us. We’re certainly looking to start better than we have done.

“I don’t think we should expect anything, just play and then we’ll see where we are. But Everton’s a big club and should be finishing in the top half of the table, and I’m sure we will.”


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