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19 January 2016

New signing speaks exclusively to

STEVEN Naismith says Norwich City's strong desire to sign him played a big part in the Everton man making the switch to Carrow Road.

The Scotland international forward became the Canaries' fifth recruit of the January transfer window when he put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday.

Discussing his thinking behind the move, Naismith admitted that it comes at the right point in his career after over three years at Goodison Park.

"Where I was in my career, the age I am and the way the first half of the season has gone for me, I had to think a lot about the future," he told

"When January came, it was a case of knowing exactly where I stood and the manager at Everton was good and said that he'd listen to whatever I wanted.

"Norwich have displayed class in the way they've done their business all the way through, and they've been very persistent.

"They've been fantastic in the sense of showing how much they wanted me, and I'm delighted to be here."

Naismith has made 13 appearances for Everton this season, memorably scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over champions Chelsea in September.

He said that he's ready to hit the ground running with the Canaries, with Saturday's home game against the Toffees' Merseyside rivals Liverpool on the horizon.

"Since the manager came in, he's shown a desire to build something here and that's something I definitely believe in and want to be part of," he added.

"I'm expecting to go straight into the training. The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the game and hopefully I'm involved in some respect.

"I've played a couple of times here and it's always a great atmosphere with a full crowd, and I look forward to being on the right side of the fans.

"I want to settle in quickly, get involved and play my part in games. I want to contribute to a team effort to move this club forward."

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