Report: Everton turn down Norwich City offer for striker Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith appears to be staying at Everton amid Norwich City interest.

Everton have turned down an offer from fellow Premier League side Norwich City for striker Steven Naismith, according to a report from Sky Sports.

The Canaries are looking at bolstering their striker options ahead of the upcoming transfer deadline, and a number of reports suggest changes are afoot at Carrow Road.

According to the Daily Mail, Gary Hooper is currently undertaking a medical at Fulham ahead of a loan spell at Craven Cottage, while Ricky van Wolfswinkel is set to join Real Betis, as confirmed by AS.

Sky Sports suggest that the offer for Naismith was in the region of £7 million to £8 million but the Toffees have turned it down, with the player set to remain at Goodison Park.

In the report, there was also interest from Sunderland, but such a deal was never close to happening, with the player currently training with Scotland ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers this coming week.

It’s a blow for Norwich, with their shortage of firepower up front potentially proving costly in their bid to retain their Premier League status this season.

Alex Neil’s men have started the season well from a performance perspective, but picking up four points from their opening four games may largely be down to their lack of prolificacy in front of goal.

Naismith, 28, has only seen 58 minutes worth of action in the league so far this season but he is considered a valuable member of Everton’s squad.

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