Steve Evans says he disliked transfer target Kyle Lafferty because of Rangers performances v Celtic

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Leeds United boss was commenting on Norwich City forward Kyle Lafferty.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has confirmed the club have an interest in striker Kyle Lafferty, but that he personally used to have a dislike for the striker.

The Scotsman told BBC Radio Leeds that Lafferty's performances for Rangers in Old Firm clashes meant he was not so pleased to see him doing so well, being a fan of Celtic.

He said: "I first came across Kyle when he played for Glasgow Rangers. I used to didn't like him as he used to play terrifically well against Glasgow Celtic, a club I love.

"He come on last season for Norwich against my old club Rotherham and he made a huge difference and helped Norwich come back and get a point, and every time I've seen the kid he's been decent."

Evans added that he has spoken to Norwich boss Alex Neil about 'a couple of players' at the club, and had been told when he has made a decision he will discuss it with his chairman, and respond to Evans and Leeds United.

It appears as though the enquiry therefore is in to sign Lafferty, it is just whether Norwich want to loan him out.

He has not been featuring much this season, but nor has Lewis Grabban, and the Canaries may have to choose between the two. Grabban is a player who used to play for Evans at Crawley, and he could also be the subject of an enquiry.

Evans appears to have let go of his dislike for Lafferty, which was really a begrudging admiration, respecting his ability as a footballer, and having witnessed first hand how he can make an impact, would be keen to have him on board.

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