David Unsworth says he could be on his way out at Everton as negotiations over a new deal have reached a stalemate.
Defender Unsworth's current deal runs out at the end of this season and he can start talking to prospective employers from 1 January.
The Goodison Park club have offered him a new one-year contract but the 30-year-old wants a longer deal.
"It looks as if that somewhere down the line, be it January or in the summer, that I might be leaving," he said.
Unsworth says the club have said they are not going to offer him an improved deal.
He added: "It would be a big disappointment to leave but that's football.
"You never know what's around the corner but, at the moment, there's a possibility that I could be leaving."
The irony is that Unsworth has returned to form may persuade Everton boss David Moyes to end plans to sign a defender on loan.
Joseph Yobo is away for a month on international duty from January and Moyes was linked with a move for Russian defender Viktor Onopko.
But Moyes told the Liverpool Echo: "David Unsworth has done well and shown that we may not be desperately in need of bringing another centre-half in.
"He has certainly eased the headache for me over losing Joseph Yobo."