Date:Monday June 25 2012
Everton had already been linked with Rangers striker Steven Naismith this summer.
It had been reported that David Moyes fancied uniting him with Nikica Jelavić at Goodison Park.
The 25-year-old striker has a record of 63 goals in 140 appearances for Rangers since he joined the Scottish Premier League side from Kilmarnock in 2007 and Everton's Jelavić has previously described Naismith as the best strike partner he has ever had.
Considering the impact Jelavić has had at Everton, it seems a great idea to partner him with someone he really works well with and Steven Naismith is a much more realistic option to Everton than Wolfsburg's Mario Mandžukić who comes with a £7million price tag.
It had been previously reported that following Rangers financial difficulties, the Scotland international had a release clause of £2million written into his contract after he took a 75% pay-cut in February.
But events over the weekend mean he could be available on a free transfer.
Naismith and Rangers team-mate Steven Whittaker have both attempted to declare themselves as free agents after claiming that they had refused the transfer of their contracts to the newco, which has applied for a place in the Scottish Premier League.
Rangers of course have denied this and have declared they will take legal action against the players and any team attempting to sign them.
Certainly one to keep an eye on.
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Date:Monday June 25 2012
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