Transfer talk: August 19 - Everton sign Mirallas, Simao back to Spain

With just days remaining until the summer transfer window closes, the National follows the latest big name deals and moves taking place across world football.

Belgium's Kevin Mirallas evades Holland's Joris Mathijsen during a friendly in Brussels.
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Everton have confirmed the signing of Belgian international forward Kevin Mirallas.

The 24-year-old joins the Goodison Park side on a four-year deal from Olympiacos.

The player had been tracked by a number of European clubs, including Arsenal, before agreeing the deal to join Everton for an undisclosed fee - reported to be around £6m (Dh34.6m).

"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," he told the club's official website.

The striker, who scored 20 goals in 25 games for the Greek side last season, will not be eligible to face Manchester United on Monday, having signed after Friday's transfer deadline.


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The US international scored 17 goals last season for the Craven Cottage side, but is keen to move to Liverpool after the Merseyside club showed interest in signing him.

Jol admitted after his side's 5-0 victory over Norwich he hoped Dempsey 'can be involved in the team again'


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Former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid winger Simao Sabrosa is set for a return to Spanish football after agreeing a deal to join Espanyol.

The Catalan side are set to land the Portugal midfielder on a two-year deal, subject to him passing a medical.

The 32-year-old has spent the last season and a half at Besiktas