Norwich forward, Steven Naismith has made a good impression whilst out on loan with Scottish side, Hearts this season, and it seems likely that his long-term future is away from Carrow Road.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since February, but he is edging closer to a return to action for Hearts after undergoing knee surgery.
Speaking in a recent press-conference (quotes sourced from Edinburgh news), Hearts boss, Craig Levein has admitted that he is keen to tie the forward down to a long-term deal in the near future.
“But the most important thing for me is that we can get Steven signed up on a long-term contract and I want him to be in good health when we start next season. That becomes a priority.”
Naismith is still Hearts’ top scorer this season with 14 goals, despite missing 18 games in total for the Scottish Cup finalists, who take on Celtic at the end of this year’s campaign.
His contract with Norwich expires at the end of the season and Levein revealed that they have made progress with the contract talks, with more talks imminent.
“We’re still working on a new contract for him. We’ve made another step forward this week and have another meeting set for next week.”
I’m not surprised to see him heading for the exit door at Carrow Road.
Naismith was never going to be good enough and didn’t suit Daniel Farke’s style of play this season, so I would be stunned if they were to offer him a new deal in the summer.
Hearts is the best destination for him, as he’s been hugely impressive for the Scottish side in this year’s campaign, despite being injured for the last couple of months.