Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Paterson still Worthy of Northern Ireland place

Martin Paterson will replace Kyle Lafferty at Burnley today after securing a £1.3 million move from Scunthorpe — but now he's after the Rangers man's Northern Ireland shirt.

Lafferty left Turf Moor for Ibrox last week after revealing he wanted to quit Burnley and Paterson will conclude his own saga when he travels to meet Clarets boss Owen Coyle this afternoon.

The Championship club had three bids rejected for Northern Ireland striker Paterson earlier this summer but now they've struck a deal with Scunthorpe which will see the relegated club bag over £1.3m plus add-ons as well as a 20 per cent sell-on fee. Paterson has been desperate to leave the Glanford Park club since they dropped out of the Championship and handed in a transfer request to save his international career.

"I have Northern Ireland aspirations and I knew the only way I could force myself into Nigel Worthington's plans was if I was playing in the Championship or higher," said Paterson.

"It was a dream to get a call-up last season but now I want to push on and stake a claim for a starting place.

"I'm delighted a deal has been struck with Burnley. They have paid me a huge compliment by paying so much money and I'm sure personal terms will be a formality. There are a few Northern Ireland lads already there and I will try to speak to them before we meet up but I'm looking forward to replacing my mate Kyle Lafferty.

"I was playing in Stoke's reserves not so long ago and I thank Scunthorpe for what they've done for me but I had to make unpopular decisions there to get the move I needed."

Meanwhile new Leicester City boss Nigel Perason has set his sights on Fulham's Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird, who is available at £1.5 million.

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