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Naismith has found game time hard to come by under Roberto Martinez.

Norwich City to land Everton's Steven Naismith for £8 million

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Newly-promoted Premier League side Norwich City are set to complete an £8 million transfer for Everton forward Steven Naismith, according to BBC Sport.

The Scotland international made a scintillating start to the 2015/16 season, scoring a hat-trick against champions Chelsea after coming on as a subsititute, but has since found opportunities hard to come by.

Norwich had previously failed in their pursuit of the forward, seeing a £7 million bid rejected by the Toffees last summer.

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Manager Roberto Martinez publicly revealed that the bid for Naismith came too late in the transfer window to be considered and was therefore turned down.

It seems the Spanish manager has no qualms with selling the 29-year-old now, though, given the performances of Aroune Kone and Gerard Deulofeu at Goodison Park this season.

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Naismith joined Everton in 2012 on a free transfer from Rangers and since featured 122 times for the Toffees, scoring 25 times.

The forward has four years remaining on his Everton contract, though it remains the case that game time will be easier to come by at Carrow Road under Alex Neill.

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Premier League interest stretches further than just Norwich for Naismith, with Sunderland, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United all monitoring his situation. Championship side Middlesbrough are also interested in his signature.

For Norwich, the Scotsman could add another goalscoring threat that could prove vital in the club's bid to avoid relegation. Tha Canaries sit 15th on 23 points, six above the relegation zone.

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