Everton Transfer News: Toffees After Naismith and Pranjic on Free Transfers

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Steven Naismith of Rangers celebrates at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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After missing out on Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, Everton are about to lock up two summer signings.

The Guardian says that the Toffees are highly interested in former Rangers forward Steven Naismith and former Bayern Munich midfielder Daniel Pranjic.

Both Naismith and Pranjic would be brought in as free transfer, as both were released from their former clubs, but in entirely different scenarios.

Naismith became a free agent after the debacle at Rangers, which will most likely see them sink into the lower levels of Scottish football after being placed in administration last season.

Pranjic only played seven games in the Bundesliga last season and fell down the depth chart at the Allianz Arena.

There are concerns surrounding Naismith, as he has been out since October with a leg injury, and the Everton staff are making sure that there are no setbacks from the injury before his signing is complete.

In his time at Ibrox, Naismith won three SPL titles and scored, and his highest goal tally came in the 2010-11 season, as he scored 15 goals in all competitions.

As for Pranjic, he may seen as a replacement to Leighton Baines at left back if the English international decides to leave the club this summer.

Pranjic is versatile player and can play left back and in the midfield as well.

Before his three-year stint at Bayern Munich, Pranjic was at Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie, and he scored a career-high 20 goals in all competitions in his final season in the Netherlands.

Manager David Moyes also had a bargaining chip that other clubs did not have in the chase of both players, and that was Nikica Jelavic.

Jelavic used to play at Rangers with Naismith, and the familiarity between the two up front may be one of the reasons the Scotland international will make the move to Goodison Park.

The Everton No. 7 is also Croatian, just like Pranjic, and that familiarity with someone from the same national team could also be key for Moyes and company as they chase Pranjic.