Norwich City failed in their first attempt to bounce back to the Premier League after a disappointing season in the Championship, and star player Steven Naismith looks likely to be a player heading for the ‘exit’ as a number of clubs have expressed interests. What Are The Odds looks at the odds on the Scottish internationals next club.
Rangers are desperate and without question, under a lot of pressure, to up their game and challenge Celtic closer next season, after finishing nearly 40 points behind the Scottish champions. Marquee signings and better quality players is imperative, and it’s little wonder that Steven Naismith is being closely backed by bookmaker Sky Bet at 7/4 (2.75) to make the move to Glasgow.
A return to the club that he featured for over 90 times, scoring 28 times looks to make the ‘most sense’ on paper at this time.
A little further back at 7/2 (4.50) are relegated Sunderland, however with Naismith playing under David Moyes at Everton, the departure of Moyes at the Black Cats could scupper any move to the North East. It would be hard to argue a case for a ‘fresh challenge’ in what would be a type of sideways move in the Championship; so it’s not hard to see why Rangers are the current favourites considering the project on-offer for the Scottish native.
Hull and Middlesbrough are the other relegated clubs being linked for the 30-year old. Hull who are backed at 9/1 (10.0) and Boro at 12/1 (13.0) could also be perceived as sideways moves and a lot of will depend on the ambition shown by both clubs in their attempt to bounce straight back to the Premier League.
Currently the only Premier League club being linked with Naismith are Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Pretty conservative and reasonable odds of 12/1 (13.0) are on-offer at Sky Bet and it could make a lot of sense considering the club have just released their banned midfielder Joey Barton. With the club likely to prudent and smart in the transfer market a move for Steven Naismith could make sense for both parties; with the Scottish international still in his prime and wanting to showcase his talents for club and country, while Burnley will look to add experience to a side looking to retain their top flight status for a second season in-a-row.
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