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Everton Gazump Coventry Over Defender

Coventry City have been pipped at the post in the race to sign Hearts defender Gary Naysmith.

The club delayed in making a firm formal offer for the left-back, but were reported to be lining up a £1.5million bid.

However, this prompted Everton to leap into the market, and they have now secured Naysmith’s Services for £1.7m.

Hearts manager Jim Jeffries said:

"Coventry made an enquiry several days ago and we spoke over the phone a few times.

"We asked them to put it in writing and we would write back if it was acceptable.

"Prior to them doing that Everton made a bid which was an improved offer on Coventry's and therefore, because the Coventry bid was not accepted in writing, he was available to anybody.

"So we agreed a deal and Gary will be on his way down to discuss terms with Everton."

Meanwhile Scotland skipper and Sky Blues substitute Colin Hendry has been advised to leave Highfield Road for the sake of his international career.

Scotland boss Craig Brown has told the 34-year-old that he needs to be playing regular first team football to keep sharp, and to move on if he cannot get in the Coventry team.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 13 Oct 00
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