Swansea boss confirms interest in Naismith

14/01/2016  15 Comments  [Jump to last]
Alan Curtis says that Steven Naismith is on a list of transfer targets for Swansea City this month amid report that the Scot's proposed move to Norwich City has stalled.

Having been handed the reins at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the season following Gary Monk's dismissal, Curtis is looking at potential new recruits as he looks to steer the Swans away from relegation danger.

While he deems an out-and-out striker to challenge Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder as a more pressing need, he is an admirer of Naismith and has money to spend following the sale of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle United this week.

"I think he's on a list [of targets]," Curtis said. "I know he's a player available he's an excellent player.

"Like all good players, if we can afford to bring him in, then we will be interested.

"We're still looking for that main striker. Steve is probably someone who plays just behind the main striker but someone we will be interested in."

Naismith was the subject of an 8m offer from Norwich last August, a bid that was apparently accepted before Roberto Martinez blocked the move on transfer deadline day citing the former Rangers man's importance to the squad at the time.

In the interim, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle have also been credited with interest in a player who has five goals in 16 appearances so far this season but just four Premier League starts to his name thus far.  


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Russ Quinlan
1 Posted 14/01/2016 at 16:52:53
Still a damn good squad member, would certainly put more graft in than Kone last night.
Jim Hardin
2 Posted 14/01/2016 at 17:31:00
Not a huge fan of Naismith as a quality player. He chirps too much and falls over trying to draw fouls too much for me. He does however run his legs off and seems a very likeable person. While he can be a good squad player, if he needs first-team games then wish him well, thank him, and sell him.
Mark Riding
3 Posted 14/01/2016 at 17:55:58
Loads of unemployed in Swansea who would love his match tickets. If you need a lift Steven, giz a bell mate.

£8m... For Naismith. Wow!
James Morgan
4 Posted 14/01/2016 at 18:23:12
If Brentford expect £8m for Alan Judge (who?) then we should ask for £10m for a proven Premier League goal scorer.
Ian Robert
5 Posted 14/01/2016 at 18:30:10
I feel we are missing a trick here. This guy has not been given much of a go by Bobby Brown Shoes... his effort on the pitch is second to none, his goals to appearances is okay for a second string striker.

He can certainly match Kone. If we let him go he will shine at another club.... meanwhile that sack of coal sat stationary on the pitch gets picked every week!!!
Phil Sammon
7 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:27:46
I don't understand why some people are reluctant to sell. He's a good lad and gives 100% but he is so hard to fit onto a football pitch. Not a striker, certainly not a winger. Barkley's position is about as close as we're gonna get, but he doesn't have the vision or the ability to retain possession.

Send him off somewhere where he can play as a second striker.

Christy Ring
8 Posted 14/01/2016 at 19:36:46
Naismith always gives 100%, he's a good pro, but limited. I would take £8m, and throw in Kone, and buy Austin.
Rob Hooton
9 Posted 14/01/2016 at 20:16:25
I'll wish him the best of luck wherever he goes, a real grafter and all round good bloke by the sound of things. Has done his best and oh what a hattrick!
Mark Frere
10 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:34:59
A real pity we didn't use Steven as a part exchange deal to bring Shelvey to our club. I guess we'll just have to watch Newcastle reap the rewards.
Peter Laing
11 Posted 14/01/2016 at 21:45:44
Are you having a laugh about Shelvey, Mark? Seriously Everton can do better than that.
James Stewart
12 Posted 15/01/2016 at 01:28:39
£8M and we will throw in Kone as a sweetener... one can live in hope
John Jones
13 Posted 15/01/2016 at 04:12:27
@Jim (2) I actually like the fact he gets stuck in and doesn't shut up, he leaves a leg in and riles the opposition as much as he can get away with.

He always strikes me as a poor man's Suarez or Costa, he's not the kind of player you would want to play against when he's right up for it.
Alan Humphreys
15 Posted 15/01/2016 at 08:55:41
Agree 100% John (12); no harm in a nasty streak but Costa goes too far.

I wish him well. Great ambassador for the club

Terence Tyler
16 Posted 15/01/2016 at 12:13:14
Martinez says a deal has been agreed with a club for Naismith, it is now down to the player.
Sam Hoare
17 Posted 15/01/2016 at 12:22:24
Martinez says deal agreed pretty much with a club that isn't Swansea and now up to the player. Guessing he'll be off to Norwich then if they can agree terms.

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