Chelsea fans must still be in shock thinking back to the night earlier in the season when a susbtitute Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a memorable hattrick. Blues fans will be relieved to see Naismith edging closer to a move to Norwich city.
Naismith will be hopeful to repeat a similar performance like he managed against Chelsea and to be fair, Norwich need his goals if they want to avoid relegation this season.
The newly promoted Norwich side under Alex Neil has shown some promise even against tough oppositions this season but the club is still just 4 point above the drop zone with 16 matches to go in the Premier League.
And it is now understood that they are close to signing £8.5 million rated Scottish International from Everton. Steven Naismith a long term target for the Canaries has reportedly travelled to East Anglia to undergo a medical ahead of his move to the Norwich City side.
Naismith has shown flashes of brilliance last season but has appeared just 4 times this season under Roberto Martinez. He has scored 25 goals in 123 appearances for the Toffees including a hat-trick earlier this season as a first half substitute.
Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager talking about the player’s future said, “We are open to the Naismith situation because in the last days of the previous window it’s an open secret Steven wanted to know about his future.
“At that time we couldn’t replace him and it wasn’t right to do that. That’s been there since day one on January 1. It’s never been a question of welcoming approaches and offers, it’s making sure we sit down with the player and he’s clear with the next step of his career.
“The promise was we would review it in the next window and see how he is. Steven is in a position where he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked as a senior player.
“It’s very much in the player’s hands to be able to make the right call.”
It is now understood that Naismith is just steps away from playing at the Carrow Road and after having a £7 million bid rejected, Norwich are hopeful of landing the attacker in time for the clash against Liverpool.