Norwich City will release Steven Naismith from his contract this summer, according to a report from the Eastern Daily Press.

The Scottish international only joined the Canaries last season from Premier League side Everton, but has struggled to impress at Carrow Road and is set to become another victim of the Norfolk club’s release spree once the season is over.

Former England international John Ruddy and long-serving defender Ryan Bennett are among the seven players already confirmed to be departing Carrow Road, with Naismith expected to be another name added to the list in the near future.

And with the player earning a reported £50,000 per week with his current contract, it seems feasible that he could face the chop as sporting director Stuart Webber looks to cut the club’s wage bill.

Naismith has endured a less than impressive campaign this season, after being tipped to shine by many in the second tier as a result of his Premier League experience.

He has scored five times in 29 appearances for the Canaries this campaign, and created three goals.

One of these five goals came in the form of a worldie against Leeds United in their exciting 3-3 draw last month; a result which effectively ended the Whites’ promotion hopes.

The 30-year-old has also had spells at Scottish side Kilmarnock and giants Glasgow Rangers.

The Irvine-born attacker has been a member of the Scottish national side since 2007, having made 45 appearances in a blue shirt with seven goals to his name.

Norwich round off their disappointing league campaign this weekend with a home dead rubber match against QPR.

 


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