Norwich City have this evening confirmed on their official website the departure of forward Kyle Lafferty to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on loan until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old, capped over 40 times for Northern Ireland, joined the Canaries in the summer from Italian outfit Palermo, signing a three-year contract at Carrow Road.
However, despite appearing 20 times for the Sky Bet Championship side this season, in which time he has only netted once, the second in a 3-2 win over Cardiff City three weeks ago, Lafferty has decided to move to the top-flight Turkish side for the remainder of the season.
He began his career at Premier League side Burnley, playing 89 times and netting 10 league goals for the Clarets, with a month’s loan spell at Darlington in 2006 sandwiched in the middle of his stay at Turf Moor.
Scottish side Rangers then paid £3 million for the striker’s services in the summer of 2008, and Lafferty went on to score 38 goals in 137 appearances for the club over a four-year spell, including nine in his opening season to help inspire the Ibrox club to the Scottish Premier League title.
Following a turbulent end to the 2011/12 season, in which he was banned from the training ground by manager Ally McCoist, he signed a three-year deal at Swiss top-flight side FC Sion. However, he only lasted a season in Switzerland, netting just five goals.
Palermo was his next destination in the summer of 2013, where he spent a prolific spell with the Italian side, but then moved to Norwich last summer for an undisclosed fee.
Alex Neil’s Canaries currently sit 8th in the Championship, three points off of the play-offs, and travel to bottom-of-the-table Blackpool on Saturday.