Hearts manager Craig Levein is currently in discussions with Sky Bet Championship club Norwich City over a permanent move for loan striker Steven Naismith according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

The 31-year-old Irvine-born frontman spent the second half of the 2017/2018 campaign on loan at Tynecastle and scored four goals in 16 appearances for The Jambos.

After being impressed with the impact made by Naismith, Hearts were thought to want the player either on another loan deal or on a permanent basis this summer. It has now been revealed that the Edinburgh club are pursuing the possibility of a permanent transfer and manager Levein is trying to push Norwich City into Naismith’s release, one year prior to the expiry of his deal at Carrow Road.

The Canaries will hope to offload Naismith this summer with the player out of favour at the club. Their asking price for Naismith, as well as his relatively large salary, could prove to be the major stumbling blocks.

Naismith started his career with Kilmarnock where he scored 35 goals in 115 appearances before moving to Glasgow giants Rangers where he added a further 33 goals to his tally in five years at Ibrox. A big-money move to Everton followed before joining current club Norwich City in January 2016.

During his time at Carrow Road, the striker has made 48 appearances for Norwich City in which he has netted eight goals. Just three of those outings have come under new Canaries boss Daniel Farke.

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