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Everton May Let Jelavic And Heitinga Leave In January

Duo could be moved on in January transfer window.

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Everton are said to be willing to listen to offers for peripheral squad players Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga when that January transfer window opens, but only if they are able to find suitable replacements first, Sky Sports reports.

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Dutch international Heitinga has managed to make just two Capital One Cup appearances this term, whilst Croatian striker Jelavic has fared marginally better by making seven appearances in the Premier League, but has failed to find the net once.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is aware that the pair will be eager to impress this season with a World Cup campaign on the horizon in the summer.

And he has insisted that if he can find suitable replacements of his own then he will not stand in their way if they want to leave, maintaining that the club has to find the right balance in order to compete at the top of the table.

“It’s fair to say that, as a football club, we understand Niki and Johnny’s positions.

“They’ve been such great professionals for us that we need to make sure we look at it from their point of view.

“It’s a World Cup year and we need to understand that. From the club’s point of view too, though, we need to make sure we get the right balance.

“If they are here (after January), I’ll be delighted because they bring more than just when they play.

“They have a massive influence on what we do on a daily basis even when they’re not playing.

“But if there is an opportunity which works for them, then we need to look into it.

“We can’t weaken the squad though. That’s the balancing act. But we have to be open-minded – they deserve that.”

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