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[11 OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Naysmith Lined Up For Coventry Move

Coventry City are close to signing Scottish international defender Gary Naysmith from Hearts, it has been reported.

The left-back is thought to be on his way to Highfield Road after an offer was made by the Sky Blues.

Hearts are cash-strapped at the moment and are not in a position to turn down offers for any players, but the Tynecastle side is believed to be holding out for a greater fee. 1.5m is the figure being bandied around at the moment.

Naysmith has not yet been involved in any talks with the club because he is on international duty with Scotland in Croatia.

The left-back position has been a long-standing problem for the Sky Blues, with Marcus Hall proving injury prone.

David Burrows left the club last season after failing to hold down a regular place. Marc Edworthy can cover there, but prefers to play at right back, where is needed as Tomas Gustafsson is injured.

More recruits are expected to arrive at Highfield Road shortly, with the FIFA world rankings due to move Honduras up the world pecking order.

This should clear the way for Ivan Guerrero and Jairo Martinez to make the switch as they should receive work permits.

Meanwhile skipper Moustapha Hadji has denied speculation that he wants to move to Bordeaux because he is unhappy at playing on the right wing for Coventry.
    
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