|Aston Villa have a task on their hands trying to sign Everton forward Steven Naismith after he vowed to fight for his place at Goodison Park|
The Scotland international has been a victim of Everton's summer improvements and has fallen down the Toffees' pecking order.
Roberto Martinez is a big fan of the 29-year-old but has not been able to get him on the pitch with Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone all in form this season.
Villans boss Remi Garde has admitted he is keen to land Naismith in the New Year to halt his side's slide into the Championship, but the former Glasgow Rangers man will not walk out of Merseyside without a fight over the festive period.
"I have got to try and force my way in," he told evertontv. "I have worked hard in training, as I do all the time.
"We are coming up to a busy period and the manager has been known to use his squad, so I'll be training as hard as I can to try and force my way in."
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