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Agent of Norwich star plays down exit rumours

Kyle Lafferty
Norwich City fans around the Tavern may be interested to hear that the agent of out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty has insisted that Palermo have not opened talks over a potential return in January.

The claims come after reports emerged last week linking Lafferty with a possible return to the Serie A club where he scored 11 goals in 34 appearances, leading them to promotion from Serie B in 2013/14 before moving to Carrow Road.

The 28-year old’s representative, Martin Lyon, was quoted on Italian football website Calcio Mercato claiming that Palermo are yet to make a formal approach.

Lyon also distanced Lafferty from recent speculation linking him to Red Star Belgrade and another of his former clubs, FC Sion.

Despite being out-of-favour at Norwich, Championship side Leeds United also looked to sign the Northern Irishman on an emergency loan before the deadline in Novemeber, but failed to complete a deal.

With Northern Ireland due to appear at Euro 2016, Lafferty is reportedly looking to sort out his short term future in January. However, his agent denied any contact from the Italian club.

“I have not had any contact with the leaders of Palermo in relation to Lafferty, although they have my number. As for the others, I do not think it is fair to comment on rumours of Norwich as Kyle is their player and has a contract that is still valid.”

Lafferty signed a three year deal at Norwich in July 2014, with the option of an additional year. However, the striker has only managed to accumulate 13 minutes of Premier League action for the Canaries this season, finding himself down the pecking order behind the likes of Cameron Jerome, Dieumerci Mbokani and Lewis Grabban.

Norwich fans, should Lafferty be allowed to leave in January? Let us know in the comments below!

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