Everton Weekly Update: Naismith, Gueye's Olympic Dream, and Pienaar Priority

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Everton Weekly Update: Naismith, Gueye's Olympic Dream, and Pienaar Priority
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For a club with as little transfer money as Everton, it could be said that this week has proven to be one of the busiest of recent summers.

After much speculation, Scottish attacking midfielder Steven Naismith finally joined the club on a free transfer from Rangers FC in Scotland. The move was expected to happen after Charles Green was not guaranteed top flight football for the upcoming season and players were given the choice to not transfer over their contracts to the "new" club.

The 26-year-old Naismith is one of the brightest talents in Scotland and already has 15 appearances for his country. He is expected to either slot into the right-midfield spot that is usually occupied by either Leon Osman/Seamus Coleman or become an alternative to Tim Cahill as a secondary striker.

Croatian midfielder Danijel Pranjić also continues to claim interest in signing for Everton, and it is possible that the club may decide to pick up the free agent, who is coming off a difficult season at Bayern Munich—even if Leighton Baines does stay.

Pranjic would be another option on the left-side of the pitch if Steven Pienaar does not return permanently to Merseyside, and his experience as a Croatian international alongside striker Nikica Jelavic should play in his favor if he and the Blues can come to terms on a contract.

While it was believed that Steven Pienaar might be increasingly out-of-reach with the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur, and regardless of a transfer fee exceeding what Everton sold him for in 2011, David Moyes has made clear that his signing is still a major priority this summer.

The Scottish manager stated on the team's official website, "I don't like talking about players at other clubs but I think the fact of the matter is that Steven has made it clear he wants to come back to Everton. By my understanding that hasn't changed. My next job hopefully in the coming weeks is to get Steven Pienaar here as well."

Finally, this morning it was announced that midfielder/winger Magaye Gueye, who excelled in his few cameos during the 2011-12 season, will be joining up with the Senegal u-23 side that will participate in this summer's Olympic games.

Although born in France, Gueye has Senegalese nationality through his parents and decided he would have a better chance at breaking through with the West Africans after his 8 appearances for the France u-21 team failed to yield a senior call-up.

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