Naismith delighted at Hearts move

Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith claims Hearts’ desire to capture his services led to his move to Tynecastle.

The Gorgie club announced that the 31-year-old striker has signed until the end of the season from Sky Bet Championship side Norwich.

Naismith had been linked with a return to former clubs Kilmarnock and Rangers but has completed his temporary transfer to the Edinburgh club, managed by his former Scotland manager Craig Levein.

“I am delighted to come to Hearts,” he said.

“It is a club which obviously has had its difficulties in the past but it is definitely flourishing now under the leadership of Ann Budge (owner) and the gaffer as well and if I can help that move forward I would be delighted to do so.

“Hearts showed the most enthusiasm to get something done as quick as possible and I like that.

“I took a bit of time to think of all my options and it is more about the whole package instead of moving for the sake of moving and Hearts definitely ticked all the boxes.

“I know what the gaffer is about. That played its part.

“I’ve spent the morning looking around the training base and the stadium and it’s incredible what changes have been made, especially at Tynecastle.”

Naismith was to train with his new team-mates for the first time today and could make his debut in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian at Tynecastle.