Report: Leeds hopeful of signing Kyle Lafferty; is Evans getting his wish?

Kyle Lafferty

Leeds are hoping to tie up a deal for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United are hoping to complete a loan deal for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty before the loan window shuts in a week's time.

The Whites have had a long-running interest in the 28-year-old hitman, and after a January deal didn't materialise, many fans felt the deal was completely dead.

Now though, reports suggest that the move has been put on the table again, with Leeds hopeful of finally signing Lafferty on loan until the end of the season.

Lafferty isn't featuring for Norwich right now, and with Leeds keen to bring in another striker, the move would make sense - and may give Steve Evans what he has been looking for.

Back in February, Evans told BBC Radio Leeds that he wouldn't bring in any player unless they were part of a plan moving forward, meaning that any loan deal would have to be with a view to signing the player permanently in the summer.

Now, with Leeds reviving their interest in Lafferty, that may suggest that Evans has been given the green light to bring him in beyond the end of the season, as the Scot was adamant that he wouldn't sign a player just to get them fit for the European Championships this summer - a comment seemingly aimed at Lafferty and Norwich.

The 6ft 4in striker scored seven goals for Northern Ireland in qualifying for Euro 2016, and is set to be the main source of goals for Michael O'Neill's side, but he needs to be playing on a regular basis to enter the competition in top form. Evans has been reluctant to let players join for that exact reason, and Euro 2016 may also be a concern for the Leeds boss when it comes to Lafferty in particular.

Having impressed so much in qualifying, many eyes will be on Lafferty this summer, with other teams no doubt considering moves for him too. If Evans is set on finally signing Lafferty, he can't afford to wait until the summer, where Lafferty could continue to score goals for his country, and have his value shoot up and out of Leeds' reach.

If chairman Massimo Cellino sanctions a loan deal with a view to a permanent move before Euro 2016, this could be just what Evans has been wishing for - and a possible sign that he will be allowed to keep his job at Elland Road and build for the future.

The deal is far from done, but given Evans' claims about no deal being possible unless a permanent option was included, he may - at last - be having his wish granted with a move for Lafferty, if reports are to be believed.

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