Kyle Lafferty has played down reports he is being lined up by Leeds United, but admits he is flattered to be linked with the Elland Road giants.
The Northern Ireland international was said to be at the home of the Whites to witness their draw with MK Dons on Saturday, which further fuelled speculation he is on his way to the Yorkshire club. Lafferty has since denied he was in attendance at the match, but prior to this, manager Steve Evans revealed he had contacted Norwich City in relation to signing the striker.
Despite scoring seven goals in nine matches to help his country qualify for Euro 2016, the 28-year-old has made just two substitute appearances for the Canaries this term. Lafferty continues to insist his full focus remains on forcing his way into the first team picture at Carrow Road, but at the same time he admits he is flattered to be linked with a January transfer to Leeds.
“I wasn’t at the Leeds game,” he tweeted. “I am overwhelmed at the interest from Leeds United as I understand how passionate the club and their fans are. At the moment, I am still a Norwich City player and I will continue to work hard and try and force my way into the team. I will train and concentrate on our FA Cup match against Manchester City on Saturday.”
Lafferty joined Norwich on a three-year contract in June 2014, after helping Italian side Palermo win promotion to Serie A by scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances. He spent the second half of last season on loan in Turkey with Caykur Rizespor, scoring twice in 14 matches, but he has yet to convince Alex Neil that he is worth a place in the City starting XI on a regular basis.