Everton attacker and reported West Ham United target Kevin Mirallas is waiting to see who is appointed as Ronald Koeman's successor before making a decision over his future, which is already uncertain after he was sent away from first-team training last week.
Mirallas joined the Toffees from Greek giants Olympiakos in 2012 but has failed to light the blue touch paper during his time on Merseyside. The Belgium international endured frosty relationships with Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman, who was open to selling him during his ultimately disastrous tenure at Goodison Park.
The former Lille star signed a new three-year contract with Everton earlier this year, only to try and engineer a move away from the club in the summer. West Ham and his former side Olympiakos were interested in Mirallas' services during the summer transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo, but Everton had no interest in sanctioning a loan move for the 30-year-old.
Mirallas' future was plunged into further doubt when Everton first-coach Duncan Ferguson sent him and Morgan Schneiderlin away from training last week after being angered by the pair's attitude, but the winger stated on social media that he remains fully committed to the Toffees' cause as they bid to climb away from the relegation zone.
Former Everton boss Koeman saw fit to drop Mirallas after he made the club aware of his desire to seek pastures new, and the Belgian may try to manufacture a move away in January if the new man installed in the Goodison hotseat is not to his liking. West Ham have long admired the temperamental winger, who was brought to England by new Hammers boss David Moyes.
The Scot recruited a number of his former Everton stars during his ill-fated spell at Sunderland, and he may see fit to bring Mirallas to the London Stadium in January amid reports he is willing to sell West Ham's club record signing Marko Arnautovic in the winter.
Many Everton supporters would not mourn Mirallas' prospective departure but Belgium boss Martinez, who saw fit to essentially freeze the attacker out of the first-team reckoning during his tenure on Merseyside, has faith that he can get back to his best after the international break.
"First and foremost we need to help him," Martinez said. "Kevin Mirallas is a winner and at the moment he's going through a little bit of a difficult time and we need to understand him and try and give him a bit of support.
"From that point on he's got an opportunity to impress and go back to performing in the way that he can. It's been difficult; I know the situation inside-out.
"It's important now that he can have a little bit of new start with the international team. "When he finishes he needs to go back and make sure he finds his best in the first XI."
"I just saw him before, he's in a good frame of mind and now I think the period with the national team is a good opportunity for him to show what he can do."