Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing a move for Norwich City striker and much travelled Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The 27-year-old is under contract for a further two years until 2017, and has only been at the club since the summer of last year but as the Canaries make plans for their first year back in the Premier League, it would seem the 39 times capped international forward may not be a part of their future.
With a meagre return of one goal in 912 minutes of first team football for the East Anglian outfit, it would be of no surprise if the club were up for moving the player on should the right offer come their way from Sheffield Wednesday.
Lafferty struggled to oust target man and lone striker Cameron Jerome from the starting XI for much of Norwich’s successful 2014/15 promotion campaign. Lafferty didn’t complete the season with Norwich, as he was shipped out on loan to Turkish side Rizespor where again his goal return rate was just one in every seven games.
With Lafferty not looking likely to force his way into Norwich’s 25 man squad for the 2015/16 season, and constant links with the Canaries to various forward targets, he may welcome a move back down to the Championship to prove himself.
New Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal will likely be encouraged by Lafferty’s sensational performances for his national side Northern Ireland, rather than his club form over the past year, his five goals firing them to 2nd place in their European Championship qualifying group.
Sheffield Wednesday have already taken steps to strengthen their squad in all parts of the pitch prior to the start of the 2015/6 season on August 8th, notably including the permanent signing of Lewis McGugan from Premier League side Watford, and former Nottingham Forest trainee Jack Hunt joining from Crystal Palace.
Clearly improving their attacking options will be pivotal if the Owls are to improve on their 13th placed finish in the 2014/15 campaign, in which scoring goals was a struggle as they bagged just 43 times in a season dependent upon their defensive resilience.