As reported by The Scottish Sun, Heart of Midlothian are waiting on Steven Naismith to sort his situation out at Norwich City before discussing a potential deal that would bring him to Tynecastle again next season.
The paper report that Hearts are waiting on the player agreeing a severance package with the Canaries, with his deal not due to run out at Carrow Road until 2019.
They say that Naismith is eager to make the move back north after spending the second half of last season on loan in Edinburgh.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Hearts boss Craig Levein revealed the situation was out of his hands, saying: “The situation is now between Steven and Norwich. I can’t do any more just now.”
With the new season looming on the horizon, is Naismith worth waiting for if Hearts can use their resources to move for other targets?
Naismith made 14 appearances for the Jam Tarts last season, scoring four goals and creating three assists. Those aren’t bad numbers and back up what was effective attacking play for the majority of his spell at Tynecastle.
Ordinarily rated at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, if he can agree a severance deal with Norwich, then that would allow Hearts to sign him on a free transfer permanently, which would be fantastic business.
He’s a proven winner who has the kind of experience that will really help Hearts push towards the top end of the Scottish Premiership table next term.
However, there is an argument to say that waiting on him all summer with little progress could backfire on Craig Levein, potentially missing out on targets who could have also improved the first team.
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