Report: Aston Villa preparing offer for Everton forward Steven Naismith

Villa are reportedly set to rival Norwich City for the Scotland international's signature in January with a £6.5 million bid.

Aston Villa are ready to move for Everton forward Steven Naismith in January, according to the Telegraph.

Naismith, 29, was arguably one of Everton’s most important players last season, recording eight goals and four assists in 39 total appearances, but the Scotland international has seen his role in Roberto Martinez’s side diminish this term following the return of Gerard Deulofeu to Goodison Park.

Having failed to make a league start since mid-October, the 41-times capped attacker is said to be frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities and could be allowed to move on when the winter transfer window opens next month.

Premier League SeasonGoalsTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Dribbles MINSDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Steven Naismith 2014-2015 6 62.27 33% 0 25 75% 93.41 42% 31 2,055
Steven Naismith 2015-2016 3 53.13 50% 0 8 73% 42.5 50% 9 425

Norwich City, who reportedly had an £8 million bid rejected on deadline day [h/t Daily Mail], are likely to renew their interest in the former Rangers man in the New Year, but it now looks like the claret and blues will provide strong competition for his signature.

Chairman Randy Lerner has allegedly promised manager Remi Garde January funds to strengthen his struggling side, and according to the Telegraph, Naismith is set to be the subject of a £6.5 million offer.

Despite his recent plight, the Toffees outcast showed his value earlier this season when he netted a hat-trick in a 3-1 home win over Chelsea and his vast Premier League experience, nose for goal and renowned work rate would make him a valuable addition for Villa’s survival bid.

However, whether the club can convince him to come to the Midlands in their current predicament – 10 points from safety at the bottom of the table with just seven points from 17 games – obviously remains to be seen.

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