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NAISMITH’S HEARTS WISH

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SCOTLAND international striker Steven Naismith is hoping his loan move to Hearts from Norwich City becomes permanent in the summer.

The 32-year-old former Kilmarnock, Rangers and Everton frontman arrived at Tynecastle on a temporary transfer switch in June.

Naismith, who will be allowed to leave Carrow Road when his contract expires at the end of the season, has scored 11 goals in 18 appearances for the Edinburgh side.

He said: “I’m open to anything at this moment in time. I just need to know I’m making the right choice and not look back in 10 years’ time, wishing that I had done something or not.

“I’d be raging if the manager Craig Levein didn’t want me to stay. He thinks I can do a lot at Hearts and the club would do what they can to get me to stay on.

“It’s pleasing to hear that; really good. I’ve loved every minute of it. The routine is perfect for me and it works.”

Naismith is currently sidelined with a knee injury after being taken off in only seven minutes of the team’s 3-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final loss to Celtic in October.

He expects to be back early in the new year.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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