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Rangers face competition in race to secure transfer deal

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Hearts are the latest Scottish Premiership side to be linked with a move for Norwich City’s Steven Naismith.

The former Everton man is completely out of favour at Carrow Road and the Canaries are desperate to get the forwards hefty salary off their books.

And, having been linked with a move to previous sides Kilmarnock and Rangers in previous weeks, the Edinburgh club are now interested in Naismith according to the Scottish Sun.

Hearts have recently sold Jamie Walker to Wigan Athletic for £300,000 and it’s believed that Craig Levein can spend a proportion of that on funding the wages for the Norwich City man.

The ex-Scotland international is desperate to move back up north and reports had suggested he told Rangers he would play the remainder of the season for free in order to secure a move. However, there has been no further contact from the Ibrox club.

Therefore, Naismith may be forced to look elsewhere and Kilmarnock and Hearts both seem viable options for the player who is currently training and playing with the Yellows U23s.

The Verdict

It seems pretty clear that Naismith will leave Norwich in this window and the Championship side will try and ensure as much as his wages are paid up by the buying club.

Daniel Farke has no interest in using the player and a move back to Scotland would be ideal although his chances of joining Rangers appear to be reducing.

For Hearts, this would be a fine signing and replace the big hole that Jamie Walker has left. At 31, Naismith has a lot to offer and could be a great player and influence at Tynecastle.

Thoughts, Norwich fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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