After months of speculation linking Kyle Lafferty with a heap of Championship clubs, in particular Leeds United, the Northern Ireland international has now joined Birmingham City until the end of the season.
He completed the move to St Andrews just prior to the emergency loan window shut – despite continuing to be linked with Leeds United and apparent late interest from Sheffield Wednesday.
It is a positive signing from Birmingham boss Gary Rowett, who will be hoping that Lafferty’s arrival from Norwich City will help his team’s push for the Championship play-offs.
That is certainly the goal for Lafferty. Speaking after Northern Ireland drew 1-1 with Wales in an international friendly last night the striker told the BBC:
“Obviously I am away to Birmingham for the rest of the season, to get my match fitness up and try and help them to win the play-offs.
“I think with the squad they have and the manager I think we’ve got a good shout.
“I think it has suited both parties. Me getting out and getting playing time and Birmingham pushing for the play-offs.
“Hopefully I’ll go there, get fit, score goals and help them climb up the table.”
Lafferty was desperate for first-team football ahead of the Euros this summer. He was one of the top scorers in qualifying but has been frozen out at Norwich City this season under Alex Neil.
He has featured for Norwich on just three occasions this season – scoring once against West Brom in the Capital One Cup in September.
Birmingham fans will hope that Lafferty can show Norwich what he is capable of at St Andrews.