Out of favour City striker Naismith poised to return to Hearts on loan

PUBLISHED: 21:10 02 July 2018

Steven Naismith looks set to be playing his football in Scotland again this season with Hearts. Picture: PA

Steven Naismith looks set to be playing his football in Scotland again this season with Hearts. Picture: PA

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Out of favour Norwich City striker Steven Naismith looks set to return to Scottish Premier League side Hearts for another loan spell.

BBC Scotland were reporting on Monday night that the 31-year-old would become manager Craig Levein’s 11th summer signing.

After finding himself surplus to requirements at Carrow Road under Daniel Farke Naismith joined the Edinburgh club on loan during the January transfer window, making 16 appearances and scoring four goals.

He made just three appearances for the Canaries following Farke’s appointment as manager last summer, taking his tally to 48, with eight goals scored, since joining the club from Everton for a rumoured £8.5m fee in January 2016.

Naismith still has a year remaining on his Norwich contract and is thought to be one of the highest earners at the club.

His exit on loan would reduce City’s wage bill, although it is unclear what percentage of his earnings Hearts will be covering.

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