Norwich City forward Steven Naismith is on the brink of a permanent move to Heart of Midlothian after a successful loan spell.
The 31-year old is reported by the Daily Record to be close to leaving Norfolk and returning to Scotland following his recent loan switch, during which he scored four in 16 outings.
The Scottish international joined Norwich from Everton in a switch though to be worth £8.5m in January 2016, but hasn’t impressed Daniel Farke.
He suffered an injury ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and didn’t feature at all, eventually being made available in January.
He made a name for himself at Hearts, scoring the winning goal in the Edinburgh derby on May 9th, although he will start the new season with a two-game ban after a challenge on Celtic’s Scott Brown the week before.
Naismith, who scored 25 times for Everton during a four year stint, has been capped extensively by his country. He has 45 international caps and seven goals.
With just eight goals in 48 matches for the Canaries, he’s proven to be something of an expensive misfit during tough times at the club.
At £8.5m, he was always over-priced and so it has proven. He’s cost Norwich around £1m per goal, so it isn’t a surprise to see him moving on.
He’ll be a success at Hearts though, they’re a big club up there and he’ll already be something of a hero, scoring against Hibs and being a full international.