Wednesday 04 July 2012
Everton have confirmed the signing of Scotland international striker Steven Naismith on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old has signed a four-year deal after deciding to end his five-year association with Scottish Premier League side Rangers.
Naismith joined Rangers in 2007 from Kilmarnock and scored 28 goals in 98 league appearances for the Ibrox club.
He has made 15 appearances for his country, scoring two goals, with his last appearance coming in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain last autumn.
"He has a flexibility we always like in our players"
- David Moyes
Naismith has been out of action after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a match against Aberdeen at the end of October.
"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," Naismith told the club's official website.
"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."
Everton manager David Moyes said the signing would give him more options in his forward line.
"We are delighted that Steven has agreed to join us," added Moyes.
"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."
Everton open up their 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign with a home match against Manchester United.