Roberto Martinez offers latest on Byram and Naismith transfers, injury update

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed there has been approach to Leeds United for Sam Byram, with reports saying a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, Martinez said there is a little way to go in terms of confirming the transfer.

He told reporters: "Nothing else to comment. An initial approach, but a long gap until official confirmation.

"If there’s a signing to be made, it needs to be the right character, the right addition. In any process there are steps, and some become very long, others are quite short."

Martinez also confirmed that things are agreed with Swansea City in order to allow Steven Naismith to make the move to the Liberty Stadium, but has said the priority is to get the Scot fit and available for action before any move takes place, as he is currently sidelined with a slight knock to his ankle.

"The priority is to see him fit and available, then have a sit down.

"It’s in his hands, to a point, but it has to be in everyone’s interest.

"In the summer, we couldn’t replace him, it wasn’t the right move. Now, it’s in his hands.

He clarified Naismith's position further, saying: "We spoke to another Premier League club, and that deal has been there since January 1. But it’s about sitting down with the player.

There has been nothing to add in terms of Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady getting a loan move, the Everton boss added.

This weekend his side travel down to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. Tom Cleverley is rated 50/50 for the clash as he tries to recover from a calf injury, but James McCarthy is ruled out of the side, but has returned to training. 

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