Report: Newcastle pursuing Everton's Steven Naismith, face competition from Sunderland

Newcastle and Sunderland are reportedly pursuing Everton forward Steven Naismith.

According to The Sun, Newcastle United are pursuing a January deal for Everton attacker Steven Naismith - but face competition from North East rivals Sunderland.

The Magpies strengthened their attacking options over the summer by signing the likes of Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney, but manager Steve McClaren may still need more attacking options in his squad as Newcastle fight against relegation.

The Sun report that McClaren does have his eye on one player, with Everton's Steven Naismith allegedly on Newcastle's radar ahead of the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old Scottish international joined Everton from Rangers in 2012, and has been a solid contributor for the Toffees with 25 goals in 122 games during his time on Merseyside.

Yet, even after scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea earlier this season, Naismith hasn't been able to nail down a regular place in the Everton team, and could be set for a January transfer away from Goodison Park.

It's believed that Newcastle are in the race to land Naismith and potentially give him some first-team football this season, but they also face competition for his signature.

North East rivals Sunderland are also allegedly pursuing the hard-working Naismith, according to The Sun, with a major battle seemingly coming up in January, as Sam Allardyce also searched for the firepower to help keep his side in the Premier League.

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