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Three year Everton deal for Naismith

Steven Naismith Credit: PA Images

Steven Naismith has signed a three-year extension to his Everton contract, committing him to the club until the summer of 2019.

The 28-year-old Scotland international, who joined the club in 2012, has scored six goals this season. The most recent was in their last match - a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over QPR.

"I am so happy here. From the moment I signed my first contract here it wasn't long before I saw what a great club it was.

"Over the months and years it has progressed into a fantastic move for myself on and off the park. I am delighted to have agreed an extension which will keep me here for a few more years yet."

– Naismith told evertontv

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Everton boss fears coming 'unstuck'

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has admitted his side are heading into a make-or-break week as they bid to get their season back on track.

Martinez watched a mini-revival come to a juddering halt at Goodison Park as Yannick Bolasie inspired Crystal Palace to repeat last season's 3-2 win in the corresponding fixture.

Palace stormed back after Romelu Lukaku's early opener with goals from Mile Jedinak, Fraizer Campbell and Bolasie before a late Leighton Baines penalty set up a grandstand finish.

The defeat was a major blow for Martinez after successive wins over West Brom and Wolfsburg, and heightened the importance of Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Swansea and next weekend's Merseyside derby.

We've got a really busy period and we want to make sure we take advantage of that.

"There is a real competition for places in the squad and it is clear we need everyone to be ready, and those games are going to vital to see how well we can progress.

– Roberto Martinez

Martinez admitted individual errors cost his side dear with goalkeeper Tim Howard at fault for allowing Campbell to head home Palace's second, before Leon Osman lost the ball to spark the move that resulted in Palace's third.

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