West Ham chased summer deal for unsettled Everton star

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that his club attempted to sign Kevin Mirallas from Everton over the summer, but were unable to persuade their Premier League rivals to sell.

The Belgian winger was linked with a move away from Goodison Park for much of the last transfer window, but he eventually stayed put and signed a new contract.

There have since been claims that he’s looking to move on in January in search of regular action – which have been denied by manager Roberto Martinez – and Bilic has claimed that the Hammers tried to sign the 28-year-old before the last deadline passed:

“Chelsea did everything they could do to try to sign John Stones in the summer but Everton refused to do business with them,” he wrote in The London Evening Standard.

“That takes guts. We also had an interest in Kevin Mirallas but we were not able to get him.”

Mirallas has made only five Premier League appearances for the Toffees so far this term, creating two chances in the process for team-mates.

Since his move to Merseyside from Olympiacos in in 2012 the skilful winger has impressed, but he’s been often criticised for a lack of consistency.