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Report - Norwich City's Steven Naismith has relegation clause in contract

Norwich City are embroiled in a relegation scrap, and could lose recent acquisition Steven Naismith if they go down.

Norwich City's Scotland international Naismith is said to have a relegation release clause written into his contract. ReadNorwich.com has reported that the former Everton man will be free to leave, if the Canaries fail to beat the drop, for as little as £6 million.

Norwich currently sit one place and two points clear of Sunderland in 17th place in the Premier League, although they have played a game more. The club will be needing the player they signed for £8.5 million in January as they head into April - a crucial month which may determine their Premier League status.

Norwich have three games in a row against relegation rivals, as a trip to Crystal Palace is sandwiched between home games against North-East rivals Newcastle and Sunderland. 

With tougher tests against Arsenal and Manchester United to follow, it will be the next three games which have a huge bearing on whether or not Norwich stay up, or Naismith's relegation clause is activated.

The 29-year-old Scot hasn't been as influential as Norwich fans would have hoped since the club signed him, scoring only one goal in seven appearances.

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