Alex Neil confirms Kyle Lafferty to Leeds United stance

Kyle Lafferty

The Norwich City boss will not allow Lafferty to leave on loan.

Leeds United have been linked with plenty of strikers in recent weeks as Steve Evans looks to make moves in the transfer market.

One key name often mentioned is that of Kyle Lafferty. The Norwich City striker has been long linked with a move to Leeds and unconfirmed reports earlier this month seemed to suggest the deal was as good as done.

That is now clearly not the case, as Evans informed his press conference earlier in the week.

It seems the Lafferty deal is not as straightforward as first thought. Evans made it clear, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that Norwich are not keen on sending Lafferty to Leeds on loan - instead wanting a permanent deal. 

Now Norwich City boss Alex Neil has had his say on the matter. He spoke to the press yesterday as Norwich prepare for a FA Cup third round tie against Manchester City.

He is quoted by the Eastern Daily Press as stating:

“The reasons Leeds are saying that is because that is exactly what I told Steve on Thursday when I spoke to him. We are not looking to loan Kyle out." The Norwich boss continued, “If someone wants to come and get him then they need to buy him. That is basically where we are. We have Kyle on our books, he is part of our squad, he will be in the FA Cup squad and if Leeds want him they come and buy him, if they don’t want do that then it is done as far as I am concerned.”

Bringing Lafferty in permanently seems an unlikely proposition as far as Leeds are concerned. The Yorkshire club and the player both seem keen on linking up but the fact remains that Leeds are unlikely to want to spend too much on the player.

It is looking increasingly likely that the Lafferty-Leeds story is coming to an unsatisfactory end and that Leeds may have to look at other options.

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