Tuesday 21 November 2017

Glasgow Rangers Steven Naismith joins Everton while John Fleck moves to Coventry

EVERTON have completed the free transfer of former Rangers striker Steven Naismith.

The Scotland international has signed a four-year deal after he terminated his contract with the soon-to-be-liquidated Scottish side, having rejected the chance to move over to the newco club.



Naismith, 25, will now join up with his new team-mates for the start of pre-season training this week.



"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 in front of such a passionate group of fans," Naismith told evertonfc.com.



"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 (Bill) Kenwright's, faith and belief in me."



Moyes was keen to add greater strength to the forward line and believes Naismith will fit in well at Goodison Park.



"We are delighted that Steven has agreed to join us," said the Scot.



"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."



Meanwhile, Rangers claim they have reached an agreement with Coventry over the transfer of John Fleck.



Fleck is one of a number of Ibrox players who have objected to the transfer of their contracts from Rangers to Charles Green's newco.



PFA Scotland believes the wantaway players are free agents and have asked the football authorities to release their registration from Rangers, but Green has vowed to seek compensation.



It was nevertheless understood that any deal taking the 20-year-old midfielder away from the crisis-torn club would be on free-agent terms.



But responding to media speculation this morning, Rangers said that an agreement had been reached with Coventry for Fleck that "recognised Rangers' rights".



"An inaccurate media report this morning suggests the Club is taking legal action against John Fleck over his move to Coventry City," read a statement on rangers.co.uk.



"Both clubs have in fact reached agreement for the transfer of the player and Coventry have recognised Rangers' rights as part of the process.



"A formal announcement will be made later today."



Green bought the assets of Rangers for £5.5million two weeks ago but his club's future is unclear.



Scottish Premier League clubs are set to vote against admitting them to the top flight and opposition is growing among Scottish Football League clubs over a deal to put them in the Irn-Bru First Division.

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