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Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty

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Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty will today arrive in Italy before finalising a move to Serie B side Reggina.

The Northern Ireland striker has been a free agent since his short-term deal with Sunderland expired at the end of the League One season and has always been open about his willingness for another move abroad.

The 32-year-old previously played in Italy's second tier back in the 13/14 season, when he netted 11 league goals to help fire Palermo to the title and promotion to Serie A. Those performances helped him to outshine team-mate and would-be Juventus hero Paulo Dybala.

As a result, Lafferty won the Fans' Player of the Season award but he was also criticised for his off-field behaviour by owner Maurizio Zamparini, who branded the forward an 'out-of-control womaniser, an Irishman without rules' and said he 'had to go', denying Lafferty the chance to play in Italy's top division.

His latest move is his fifth transfer abroad, having also played for Sion in Switzerland, Rizespor in Turkey and Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 last year.

Earlier this month he told the Open Goal podcast: "I love going abroad. Everything that comes with it, training in the afternoon, having a coffee in the sun. It's a different feeling. I think my game suits abroad."

At international level, Lafferty hasn't scored November 2016 and will be hoping his move to Italy can spark a return to the form that has seen him score 20 times for Northern Ireland, second only to David Healy in the record scorer charts.

Belfast Telegraph