Everton’s David Moyes: Steven Naismith will be a great addition

Everton sign Scottish striker Steven Naismith on a free after he terminated his contract with the soon-to-be-liquidated SPL side

David Moyes
David Moyes led Everton to a seventh-place finish last season Photo: J Gulledge, via Wikimedia

David Moyes

David Moyes believes Steven Naismith with be an excellent addition for Everton after the Rangers forward completed his move to Goodison Park on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old rejected a contract offer from the SPL side after turning down the chance to move to the newco club, opting to sign a four-year deal with the Toffees.

Naismith scored nine goals in 11 appearances for Rangers last season – and Moyes believes the Scotland international’s versatility will be an asset for the Merseyside outfit.

“We are delighted that Steven has agreed to join us,” Moyes told the club’s 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 attracted interest from a number of clubs, but the striker revealed the chance to work under his compatriot Moyes and play for a respected Premier League club were the decisive factors in his decision to join Everton.

“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 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 the chairman Mr Kenwright’s faith and belief in me.”

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