Should Sheffield Wednesday leave Leeds United and Birmingham City to it in their pursuit of this international striker?

The Owls have been linked with a loan move for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty.

With two days left of the emergency loan window (potentially ever) Sheffield Wednesday's striker search is supposedly hotting up.

Last week, Bournemouth's Glenn Murray was linked with a temporary switch to Hillsborough by the Sun, while the Mirror reported on Monday that Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty was set to join the Owls ahead of Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Birmingham City, who are fighting Carlos Carvalhal's team for a place in the Championship play-offs, have also been listed as potential Lafferty suitors by the Birmingham Mail.

Here are three reasons why Wednesday should leave them both to it (not to mention his name being all-too-similar to that of Owls' striker Caolan Lavery):

Is he better?

100 Championship appearances have returned a mere 11 goals for Lafferty. Not only is Gary Hooper's tally of 42 in 107 considerably better, but so are those belonging to Lucas Joao (six in 32) and Atdhe Nuhiu (19 in 115). Let's not forget Nuhiu's 12 assists in that time either. You'd have to say no. 

Who benefits?

Lafferty has featured three times for Norwich this season - totalling a mere 45 minutes of football. For him to have any impact on loan, he'd need a run of games to be anywhere near up to scratch. Had he moved in January, this may have been doable - but not six weeks before the season's end. The Owls would be doing Lafferty a favour by getting him fit for the Euros.


If there's one thing Wednesday appear to be thriving on lately it's team spirit. This was no more evident than in Saturday's win against Charlton, when Nuhiu celebrated the goal scored by Fernando Forestieri as though it were his own - in the final of the World Cup, for Austria against Serbia (he was born in Kosovo). Lafferty could be the life and soul, but what's so bad about leaving things be?

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