Everton striker Steven Naismith could make January move from Goodison

Everton manager Roberto Martinez could allow Steven Naismith to leave Goodison Park when he discusses the player's future next month.

Scotland international forward Naismith has found himself increasingly sidelined this season with Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley monopolising the attacking positions.

Norwich, Everton's opponents at Carrow Road on Saturday, made a deadline day bid for Naismith in the summer but were rebuffed by Martinez.

However, with the forward not having been involved in a Premier League game since mid-October, it appears a January move could be on the cards.

Martinez said: "That's something we need to look into whenever that situation arises. It happened in August, but it wasn't the right time. We're going to see how the next three or four weeks go.

"It's so important to have a strong squad. We've got a period of a lot of games in a short amount of days, and every single player will have a very important role in those weeks.

"Steven is a very intelligent man, an intelligent footballer, and I think he's got an incredible degree of confidence.

"It is true it's been very frustrating for certain players in those attacking positions due to the fact some of the players that are playing in those roles have reached an incredible level of form. I think as a player you understand that."

Everton could welcome back captain Phil Jagielka by the end of the year as he continues to recover from a knee injury more quickly than expected.

He has been pencilled in for a comeback against Stoke on Dec. 28, and Martinez said: "We are well on track. Realistically, we're talking about maybe that group of fixtures after Boxing Day -- Stoke, Spurs at home -- that seems very realistic for Phil to come back."