Hearts striker Steven Naismith has admitted he faces the “toughest” decision in his career as he ponders his next career move.

The veteran is out of contract at Norwich in the summer and has an offer on the table from Hearts and interest from MLS.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Referee William Collum speaks with Steven Naismith of Hearts about his slide tackle on Dolly Menga

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The striker admits he’s not set a deadline on making a decision but will take his time to make the right choice.

“I’d say it’s the toughest one I’ve had to make in my career. I don’t know what I want,” Naismith told the Daily Record.

“Like most of the moves I’ve made in my career, one day I’ll wake up and think, ‘That’s the right thing to do’ and I’ll pursue it.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Liam Kelly of Livingston makes a save from Steven Naismith of Hearts header

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‘I’ve not given myself a deadline but I’m realistic that I can’t drag it out too much. I’ll take as much time as I need.

“When you are younger it’s about money and playing at the highest level.”

Since joining Hearts on loan last season, Naismith has been a revelation for the Jambos.

After pushing at the top of the table earlier in the campaign, Hearts’ worst run of form coincided with an injury to Naismith.

23rd October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Heart of Midlothian; Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian applauds the fans as he was substituted

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With Hearts pushing for European football next season, Naismith’s decision could hinge on where the Tynecastle side end the season.

A chance to play in the Europa League could just sway the former Rangers striker into extending his stay in Gorgie beyond the summer.

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