Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty claims he will not join Championship club on loan

Kyle Lafferty

Norwich forward Lafferty has been linked with making a move to Leeds United or Bolton.

Lafferty has yet to play a game for Norwich this season, but he has told the Independent that he has no desire to leave the club on loan with the Football League window opening today.

The forward said: “If he [Alex Neil, manager] sits me down and says I’m not in his plans, then it’s time for me to make a decision whether I go out on loan or stay and work even harder. I’m not going to throw the towel in now, take the easy option and go out on loan to a Championship team, play the long-ball game. I want to play against the best players in the world in the Premier League.”

It is clear that Lafferty has no desire to drop down to the second division, despite the report claiming that clubs are already looking at him following the opening of the loan window.

Leeds United and Bolton are referenced as interest parties, but Lafferty - who has scored two goals in two games this season with Northern Ireland - wants to fight for his place at Carrow Road.

The former Rangers star only moved to Norwich last summer, but he made just 18 appearances before leaving in the January transfer window to sign on loan with Turkish side Caykur Rizespor.

He is now back at Norwich, with the club in the Premier League, but it is clear he is far down Neil’s pecking order for strikers.

Lafferty may not want to throw in the towel by moving to the Championship, but if playing chances do not improve, the 27-year-old may have no choice.

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