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Steven Naismith joins Hearts on loan

Craig Levein feels he has pulled off a coup in bringing Naismith to Tynecastle.

Steven Naismith has joined Hearts on loan, the Edinburgh club have announced.

The 31-year-old striker has signed until the end of the season from Sky Bet Championship side Norwich.

Naismith will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday and could make his Hearts debut in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Hibernian at Tynecastle.

Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk, manager Craig Levein said: “It’s a bit of a coup to bring somebody in of Steven’s quality, not just in a footballing sense but as a person as well.

“It’s much in keeping with the senior players we have here already, the likes of Don Cowie, Christophe Berra and Aaron Hughes.

“I think he’ll be a huge player in the dressing room and a great example to the rest of the team. On top of that he’s a fantastically talented football player.

“He’ll bring a bit of nous, experience, energy and enthusiasm – which he has in abundance. He’s also got goal-scoring ability.”

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