Everton will not stand in Steven Naismith’s way, says Roberto Martínez

• Norwich had £8m for the Scot rejected in late August
• We will try to help him out, adds Blues manager Martínez

Roberto Martínez will not stand in Steven Naismith’s way if the frustrated striker receives an offer of more regular football during next month’s transfer window. Norwich City, Everton’s opponents on Saturday, made a late bid for the Scot at the end of the summer window, one that Everton were not minded to consider, but Martínez promised the player that the situation could be reassessed.

“The offer from Norwich arrived very late and I wouldn’t have had time to replace him,” the Everton manager said. “I was honest with the player and told him he was too important to the club to be allowed to leave. I didn’t know at that stage how Arouna Koné was going to be, or how Gerard Deulofeu was going to settle in, but I had a good idea that Steven still had plenty to contribute, and so it has proved. He has been a consistent performer since I came to this club, but at 29 I can fully understand him wanting to go somewhere else if he thinks he can be the main player.”

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