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Published: 14:29 | 15/1/16

Martinez: It's in Naismith's hands


Everton have agreed a deal with Norwich for Steven Naismith but manager Roberto Martinez has revealed it will be down to the player whether he wants to move to Carrow Road.

Norwich saw an £8million bid for the player rejected by Everton in the summer, but they reignited their interest in the Scotland international earlier this month.

The two clubs have agreed a deal but it remains to be seen whether Naismith will make the move as he is currently struggling with an ankle injury.

"There has been no approach (from Swansea). There has been another Premier League club that has made a lot of progress in that respect," Martinez confirmed on Friday. “Everything is more or less agreed in terms of a possible transfer.

"But the situation with Steven Naismith is that he has a knock on his ankle, and that's why he hasn't been involved.

"At the moment, the priority is to see Steven fully fit and available and then probably we will have a sitdown and decide the next step."

Martinez went on: "We are open to the Steven Naismith situation because in the last days of the previous window it's an open secret Steven wanted to know about is future, and at that time we couldn't replace him and it wasn't right to do that.

"That's been there since day one on January 1. It's never been a question of welcoming approaches and offers, it's making sure we sit down with the player and he's clear with the next step of his career.

"The promise was we would review it in the next window and see how he is. Steven is in a position where he hasn't played as much as he would have liked as a senior player.

"It's only fair and honest that we review the situation and then a decision is made.

"It's very much in the player's hands to be able to make the right call."

Everton have been linked with Leeds youngster Sam Byram but, while the two clubs are reported to be close to an agreement, Martinez has warned it could be some time before the deal is completed.

"There has been an approach, and the confirmation came from Leeds," Martinez explained.

"At the moment, we have to be very, very careful. I don't enjoy the window clashing with important games. Leeds have important games now and we have important games.

"There's been an initial approach but from there, for having conclusive news for ours fans is a long gap still."

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