Kyle Lafferty has been in great form for Palermo this season and is alerting English clubs.
Kyle Lafferty's transfer to Palermo last summer was somewhat unorthodox. As was his transfer from Rangers to FC Sion which proceeded that however. It's all down to one man, former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso.
After Rangers had their financial difficulties, Kyle Lafferty was one of many to leave the club following their contracts being transferred to a new company. Players were entitled to leave on free transfers and Lafferty did exactly that. He went on to join Swiss side FC Sion who also had former Glasgow Rangers player, Gattuso on board.
Gattuso went on to manage FC Sion and they finished last season in 6th place in the Swiss league. Italian side Palermo had just been relegated to Serie B and appointed Gattuso as their new manager. He decided to bring along Lafferty with him and signed a three-year contract.
Whilst things did not work out for Gattuso (he was sacked after just six league games), Lafferty has taken his opportunity to shine in Italy. The Northern Ireland international has scored seven goals in 20 games this season and has helped guide Palermo to the top of the Serie B table.
The 26-year-old scored on Monday in the club's top of the table clash with Empoli which ended 1-1, and Sky Sports suggests that there were plenty of scouts watching the striker. A host of Championship and Premier League sides are said to be watching Lafferty's progress. However he seems very close to Serie A football now, and that must have been his ambition when he joined Palermo so it could be hard to tempt him away from Sicily.
Even if a Premier League club comes calling, Lafferty would find it very hard if Palermo gain immediate promotion back to the top flight. He could still have chances to play in the Premier League in the future, but playing in Serie A just seems that little bit more exciting, and once in a career opportunity.
He would become the first Northern Irish player to play in Serie A since Paddy Sloan who played for Torino from 1948 to 1951.
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