Report explains what Norwich have told Leeds about potential Kyle Lafferty deal

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Norwich have reportedly told Leeds that they won't sanction a loan deal for striker Kyle Lafferty.

According to the Daily Mirror, Norwich City are unwilling to let Kyle Lafferty leave the club on loan - and have told Leeds they must pay up and sign him permanently.

Lafferty, 28, joined Norwich from Palermo back in 2014, but barely played for the Canaries last season before being loaned out to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor for the second half of last term.

Again, Lafferty has barely played for Norwich this season, but he has hit the headlines for his goalscoring exploits with the Northern Ireland national team.

With seven goals in qualifying, only five players - Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thomas Muller, Edin Dzeko and Artem Dzyuba - scored more goals than Lafferty, as he fired Northern Ireland to this summer's European Championships in France.

That hasn't helped him get more first team football, and Leeds boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Leeds over the weekend that talks between the two clubs were underway over a deal to the 6ft 4in striker to Elland Road, reuniting with his Northern Ireland team mate Stuart Dallas.

However, the Daily Mirror report that Norwich aren't willing to let Lafferty leave on loan, and have told Leeds that they will only sanction a permanent deal - because manager Alex Neil doesn't see Lafferty as part of his plans at Carrow Road, and simply wants him off the wage bill.

Evans should have some money to spend, but much like Liam Bridcutt, he may have wanted to take him on loan before pressing ahead with a longer-term deal.

Now though, it may be all or nothing for Leeds in their pursuit of Lafferty, whose exploits in Euro 2016 will have no doubt caught the attention of many other clubs.

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