As one of the Premier League’s poorer sides, Everton are used to losing their better players to wealthier rivals.
Manager David Moyes has been forced to work the transfer market with one hand behind his back for years now, often having to sell his best players before bringing anyone in.
What that has done though is make the Scot highly proficient at picking up bargains and working the market to his advantage.
And thanks to circumstances entirely beyond his control, he may have picked up the biggest bargain of the lot.
Alongside many of their Premier League rivals Everton are paupers, but in the case of SPL outfit Glasgow Rangers, the Toffees may as well be owned by Sheikh Mansour.
The financial meltdown of the Scottish club has seen the old side slide into liquidation. A number of their star players have decided to leave rather than transfer their contract over to the Rangers newco, led by former Sheffield United chief executive Charles Green.
That means they are free agents and available on free transfer, and those with the inside betting line believe they represent rich pickings for lurking opponents.
Moyes, on the ball as ever, has been quick to take advantage, snapping up Steven Naismith on a four-year deal.
The former Kilmarnock forward was rated at around £5million before the Rangers collapse and formed a lethal partnership with current Toffees striker Nikica Jelavic, who moved to Goodison Park from Rangers for a cut-price fee in January.
Indeed Jelavic has previously named Naismith as his best ever strike partner. Forwards sometimes take years to develop such an understanding so the fact Moyes has seen one fall on his lap in the space of six months means Evertonians have every right to be excited for the future.
His hard-working attitude and ability to play in a number of positions label him as a typical Moyes signing.
But his transfer fee of zero as well as previous understanding with Jelavic already marks him out as one of the signings of the summer.
Naismith is certain to contribute to a number of live scores and results during the next Premier League season.
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