Michael O'Neill's advice for Kyle Lafferty could be good news for Leeds United

Kyle Lafferty

The Northern Irishman has interest from all over Europe but his international boss has told him to stay in England.

Kyle Lafferty continues to be linked with a move away from Norwich City this summer, for whom he has played just two times for Norwich this season as it appears that Alex Neill is not keen on the striker.

Leeds United have however been heavily linked with the player nearly by the day for some time now and Steve Evans is known to be a big fan of his.

However they will likely face bags of competition.

The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that former clubs Palermo and Sion are keen along with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. Now French teams are also said to be keen with Saint-Etienne joining Lyon in the race for the Northern Ireland international - who spent time on loan in Turkey with Caykur Rizespor last season.

But despite the foreign links his international manager wants Lafferty to remain in England if he leaves Norwich City, which could prove good news for Leeds United.

He told the Belfast Telegraph today:

"I know Kyle wants the situation resolved. He wants to play.

"His move to Turkey last season was driven by wanting to play. I don't think he had a great desire to have Rizespor on his CV but he wanted to be playing leading into our games with Finland and Romania."

"I would probably prefer him to stay in England, but as long as he is happy and playing that's the main thing.

"Very few players go abroad and settle straight away, so given we are six months from the finals I don't know if it would be in his interests to go to a foreign club. He would probably be more suited at this moment to stay in the UK."

There is little wonder why teams from Europe are keeping an eye on Lafferty. He was one of the stars in UEFA Euro 2016 qualification - scoring seven goals in nine games as Northern Ireland qualified for the finals in France next year.

He is best mates with Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas when it comes to international duty and it is well known that both Massimo Cellino and Steve Evans are fans of the player and his international coach's desire for him to remain in England could be very helpful in any pursuit for the striker.

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