Hearts have approached Norwich with an enquiry about Steve Naismith, according to a report.
The Scotsman claims that the Edinburgh club have made contact with the Canaries about Naismith’s availability, however the Scotland international remains eager for a switch to Rangers at some point in the January transfer window.
It is understood that the 31-year-old is expected to leave Carrow Road on loan this month and is willing to take a significant pay cut in order to move back to Scotland.
The ex-Rangers and Kilmarnock forward is said to be earning a whopping £50,000-a-week with Norwich on the deal he signed in 2016 when he moved to East Anglia from Everton for £8.5million.
Naismith has made it clear that he would like a second chance at Ibrox before the end of his career.
He left Govan in 2012 in the aftermath of Rangers’ financial meltdown to join Everton on a free transfer.
The Scotsman adds that the Light Blues are yet to make an offer for the Scotland international, who has made just four appearances across all competitions for Norwich this term.
Football Insider verdict
Naismith would be a top addition for every side except Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. Rangers really cannot let Hearts beat them to the punch though and should make an offer for the Scotland international as soon as possible. Naismith is a clear improvement on Eduardo Herrera, the injured Kenny Miller and Josh Windass. It is also arguable that his experience of scoring in Scotland and England’s top-flight that he could be better than Alfredo Morelos up front. Dave King, Mark Allen and Graeme Murty must all work together to ensure they do not lose out to one of their league rivals.