Steven Naismith is a target for Birmingham City this summer, with Garry Monk interested in the Norwich City striker, who is out of contract in the summer.
The 32-year-old is currently on loan at Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts, and despite being offered a deal to remain at Tynecastle, the Daily Record is reporting the Championship side are keen on bringing him back to England.
Naismith has nine goals in 16 appearances in the top flight of Scottish football this term having been deemed surplus to requirements at Carrow Road at the start of the year.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Blues boss was in attendance to watch the former Rangers man in action in Hearts’ 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
The interest, it seems, is legitimate and with the money situation at St Andrew’s still on the short side, free transfers could be the way to go in the summer for Monk to add to his team.
With that said, here are TWO reasons why Birmingham should avoid a deal for Naismith once be becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
Not getting any younger
Naismith is 32-years-old, and if he did sign with Birmingham, he would add a wealth of experience and back-up to a striker-light attack at St Andrew’s it would be a move that would be seen as counterproductive to many.
Birmingham have a good blend of youth and experience and adding the veteran forwards seems like a backward step.
Fair enough, it will be a cheap deal, but there must be an academy product worth promotion over the arrival of the Scotland international.
Poor scoring record in the Championship
Scoring goals in the SPL is second nature to Naismith, but his record in England leaves a lot to be desired.
Last year before a loan move to Hearts, the striker failed to score for the Canaries, and the year before that managed five goals in 34 Championship appearances.
In fact, he is having his best scoring season since 2014/15 when with Everton in the Premier League
He has scored more for hearts this year that has in the last three years for Norwich.
If Monk wants goals in the Championship, Naismith is evidently not the man to bring to the club.