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Steven Naismith completes £8.5 million transfer to Norwich City

Deal is finally completed and Naismith has joined the Canaries.

Steven Naismith to leave Everton FC
Steven Naismith to leave Everton FC
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A deal that was largely rumored before the window opened and only lightly rumored to be challenged recently by Swansea has been completed. Steven Naismith will join Norwich City on a three and a half year deal and Everton will collect a rumored £8.5 million as part of the transfer.

For a player who arrived at Everton on a free transfer as part of the Rangers FC administration in 2012 he has been a consistent performer and hard worker. With limited playing time this season and only the Chelsea game to highlight his final Everton campaign it's understandable why he was ready to take this deal.

Naismith joins a Norwich team currently three points out of the drop zone. He'll be looking at consistent playing time though and a chance to help rescue their season. The Canaries have scored only 24 goals this season and will look to Naismith to put in a good share of his vulture and rebound type goals.

With the move completed and the rumored loss of Sam Byram it's apparent that Everton will need to adjust the plan and be aggressive in any moves remaining. The team seems ready to turn to Kevin Mirallas more on the left wing with Arouna Kone showing his age and Naismith gone. If Mirallas happens to start pouting again though the team needs to be ready and address the wing positions immediately.