Transfer news

Naismith joins Everton

July 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Everton have signed former Rangers forward Steven Naismith.

Steven Naismith
PA PhotosSteven Naismith joins former Rangers team-mate Nikica Jelavic at Goodison Park

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Naismith, 25, is one a number of players to have been made available on a free transfer after he objected to his contract from the liquidated Rangers to the newco company.

Several clubs were reported to be interested, but Everton always looked the most likely destination and he has now signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

"We are delighted that Steven has agreed to join us," Everton boss David Moyes told the club's official website. "He will be an excellent addition to the players we already have and we look forward to him being fit and ready to play at the start of the season.

"He is an established international who can play in a number of positions. He has a flexibility we always like in our players and which will hopefully prove to be very useful for us."

Naismith added: "'It is a great honour to be joining a club of Everton's wonderful history and to have the chance to play with such a talented group of players in the world's best league - the Barclays Premier League - in front of such a passionate group of fans.

"I look forward greatly to working with the Manager David Moyes and all the staff at Everton and working hard to deliver on the pitch to repay their, and the chairman Mr Kenwright's, faith and belief in me."

Naismith, a Scotland international, joined Rangers from Kilmarnock in 2007.