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The Cottagers boss says that he was priced out of a move for the Belgian forward but would be willing to shell out big money for the right target if they were identified

Fulham were priced out of a move for Kevin Mirallas this summer as the Belgian made his move to Everton instead, according to boss Martin Jol.

The Cottagers were in for the highly rated striker but considered other options when Olympiakos asked for a fee that they considered too high.

Jol instead opted to sign Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric on free transfers, with Dimitar Berbatov his other forward recruit.

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"Mirallas was not a bargain buy but they [Everton] did well to pick him up. Mirallas was top scorer in Greece up front where he played on the left and the right and he is doing well," the former Ajax boss told Sky Sports.

"Of course we would do it [ask the Fulham board for backing for the right target] if it was necessary. I always try and find the real bargains and I think we did that. With [Nikica] Jelavic Everton probably did that.

"Everton don't buy five or six players. They buy one or two each year and then try to fit them in. That is their strength.

"They don't have to chop and change all the time. But you can't say no one knew about Mirallas. He was playing in this fantastic Belgium team, with all these great players such as Dembele and Vermaelen.

"I think they will be unbelieveable in the future and Mirallas is playing in that team."

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