Leeds United need more fire-power and the Northern Ireland international's only option now is to head out on loan if he wants regular football.
Leeds United fans may well be disappointed at their club’s lack of activity on transfer deadline day, but there is still a reason to be optimistic as the Whites seek to add to their striking options.
Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty has been on Leeds’ radar for much of the month, with Whites manager Steve Evans confirming as much in comments published by the BBC. But with the Canaries holding out for a permanent move Leeds were forced to look elsewhere.
However, with the January transfer window now closed Lafferty’s only chance of securing a move in the short term is to head out on loan during the emergency window which opens next week.
So could Leeds get their wish after all; signing a prolific international striker who needs regular game-time heading into Euro 2016?
It is certainly a possibility, with Lafferty knowing he cannot sit out the next few months and expect to be in prime condition for Northern Ireland in the summer.
And with Leeds still needing reinforcements it could be the perfect match.
All the time Norwich were holding out for a permanent deal Leeds looked out of contention, but things have changed, so all eyes will be on the loan moves soon to begin.