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Norwich City transfer rumours: Steven Naismith could be given a free transfer as Canaries look to continue cull

PUBLISHED: 07:07 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:38 04 May 2017

Steven Naismith's future is unclear. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith's future is unclear. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Steven Naismith will be the next big-name player to be culled at Norwich City according to reports this morning.

The Sun claim the Scotland international could be handed a free transfer this summer, just 16 months after joining from Everton in a deal worth £8.5m.

The Canaries released seven senior players yesterday as sporting director Stuart Webber looks to slash the club’s wage bill.

And with Naismith on a reported £50,000 a week, the diminutive forward could be next.

After a superb debut in the 5-4 defeat to Liverpool Naismith has flattered to deceive so far during his time with the Canaries.

However, he has shown signs in recent weeks that he could be an asset next season, scoring a superb goal in the 3-3 draw against Leeds at the weekend before being sent off late on.

But City must judge whether they can afford to commit another £5m to the player over the course of the two years remaining on his contract.

Naismith was linked with a move to Sunderland and a reunion with David Moyes last summer but the deal broke down late in the window.

Norwich are mindful that they have just one more parachute payment worth £30m and want to cut their wage bill to ensure they have a more sustainable salary structure in place.

The Daily Mail also claim that Rangers are keen to sign Graham Dorrans this summer as they look to mount a title challenge next season to challenge Celtic’s dominance.

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