Evans explains reason why Lafferty deal would tear Leeds' dressing room apart

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Steve Evans claims the deal Norwich City wanted for Kyle Lafferty was 'huge'.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that a deal for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty would 'rip the dressing room apart'.

The Whites lost 1-0 away at Watford in the FA Cup this afternoon as a Scott Wootton own goal send Leeds out of the competition in the Fifth Round.

Leeds's goalscoring problems continued at Vicarage Road, as having scored just four goals in their last seven Championship games, they drew another blank today.

The injury to Chris Wood has been a blow, and whilst Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara have enjoyed some strong performance, they haven't been able to find the net on a consistent basis.

One striker that Leeds fans have been hoping to see arrive at Elland Road is Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty, given his relationship with winger Stuart Dallas from the Northern Ireland national team.

Lafferty, 28, hit seven goals for Northern Ireland in their qualifying for Euro 2016, but hasn't been able to gain a regular first-team place at Elland Road.

Now, Evans has been asked about a possible loan deal for Lafferty, but told BBC Radio Leeds that any deal would have been 'huge', given the money Norwich wanted and the wages required to sign Lafferty - and claims the move would've torn his dressing room apart over the difference in wages.

"What Norwich were asking for, if you add the package on top of that...I'm not going to give you the numbers as it would be unprofessional, but it was huge - huge!" said Evans. "It would have completely ripped the dressing room apart. I have a responsibility as the head coach...I'm not saying that somebody can't come in and earn a bit more if they have got that much more quality, but we can't have most lads earning one and somebody coming in on 12 - that just wouldn't be right." he added.

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