Kevin Mirallas: 'I convinced Romelu Lukaku to choose Everton'

Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013
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Everton forward Kevin Mirallas says that he convinced fellow countryman Romelu Lukaku to sign for the Merseyside outfit on loan.

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has revealed that he convinced his Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku to move to the Merseyside outfit from Chelsea.

The 20-year-old opted for the Toffees on a loan deal on deadline day, despite reportedly having the choice of returning to West Bromwich Albion.

"I was with Romelu in his room at the team hotel on Monday night, and I only left when I was sure he was joining us," Mirallas told the club's official website.

"I was surprised to learn we were in for him, because there had been no inkling, but once I got word, I really went to work. I just tried to convince him that Everton was the right step to take and he would love it at Goodison, and I'm really pleased he took it on board."

Along with Lukaku, Everton secured the signatures of Gareth Barry from Manchester City on loan and Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy on a permanent deal.

Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013
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