Naismith to Norwich ‘agreed in principle’

Everton forward Steven Naismith appears to be heading for the Goodison Park exit after the Merseyside outfit accepted a new transfer bid from Norwich City.

The Scotland international was the subject of a £7m bid from the Canaries at the start of August, but the move was blocked by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

Martinez felt the move would have left him without sufficient time to bring in a replacement, but he appears to have had a change of heart after handing the 29-year-old just four appearances in the first half of the campaign.

Norwich's new transfer bid, worth around £8m, has been 'agreed in principle', although there are several other clubs said to be interested in acquiring Naismith's services.

Commenting on Naismith's lack of first-team action earlier this month, Martinez said: "I sat down with Steven in August and said: 'You are too important to Everton to allow you to go at this stage. I don't know how Arouna Koné will be, how Gerard Deulofeu will be, how the others will be.'

"The offer of Norwich arrived very late and I couldn't replace him. It was a very honest communication and I said in January we will reassess it.

"The way Steven Naismith behaves, and the way he works, means that when he says something you have to listen. Anything could happen between now and then, but I will listen to him.

"If it is someone who is selfish and has never been bothered about helping the team then you can pay them back in the same way. It is quite straightforward."