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Hearts: Signing Naismith is big step in right direction for Levein

Hearts: Signing Naismith is big step in right direction for Levein - Opinion

Hearts are close to securing the long-term services of former Everton and Rangers winger Steven Naismith when the player becomes a free agent in the summer.

The Express report, despite lucrative offers to play in the MLS, Naismith wants to sign on for a longer stay at Tynecastle in a bid to force his way back into the Scotland squad.

The 32-year-old is currently recovering from knee surgery, but still has an outside chance of playing again this season, before the official end of his loan-spell from Norwich.

The player has been on loan at Hearts since January 2018, and is said to be taking a significant reduction in salary to stay in Scotland, but he is prepared to do so, to fulfil his international ambitions.

Manager, Craig Levein, had made Naismith his top priority, and to get a deal over the line so soon will be a huge boost for the former Scotland manager.

With him also looking to tie-up a deal for Derby County midfielder, Craig Bryson and on the verge of securing Livingston defender Craig Halkett on a free, it bodes of promising times for the Edinburgh club.

Naismith is a popular figure at Tynecastle, and having him spurn more money abroad to commit to Levein’s cause, make his permanent signing a mutually beneficial move for both player and club.

With some new players and, hopefully, an injection of cash, it would be great for Scottish football if Hearts could get back to the good old days of challenging the top two on a regular basis.

All Jambos fans around Scotland would love that to be the case.

It is good to see Hearts getting some business done early, but is it good business for your club, Hearts fans? Do you hope for more incomings over the summer? Let us know your thoughts…

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