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Kyle Lafferty rubbishes 'moving talk' after report linked Northern Ireland striker with move to Middle East or Asia

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has rubbished a report that linked with a move to another continent.

Australian outlet The World Game had claimed that the Hearts striker was set to make a 'probable' move to a club from either the Middle East or Asia.

It comes as no surprise at all that this bizarre link was met with confusion from the 30-year-old.

"Not sure where all this moving talk has come from," he tweeted, before confirming that he was staying at Hearts and if any approach was made, his future would be down to the Edinburgh club.

The report, which reckoned Lafferty was set to move on for around £600,000, centred around the future of Australian hero Tim Cahill. The 38-year-old left Melbourne City last month but, according to Dave Lewis' report, is keen to secure his spot in the Socceroos' World Cup squad. Consequently, Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibernian have both apparently been sounded out, with Hearts said to be the more likely destination due to this impending cash windfall they would have earned from Lafferty's departure.

Meanwhile, Kris Boyd has slammed his former club Rangers for their bid for Northern Ireland's Jordan Jones.

Jones' Kilmarnock team-mate, speaking in the Daily Record, said: “It pretty much sums it up as there’s a common theme the whole time. There’s one club unsettling everybody. If they want players then pay the money and come and take them.

“There’s no point in dropping phone calls in here saying they want to this or that. If you want something you go and get it.

“Jamie Walker was the exact same. There’s a list, we could go on and on.

“There’s calls been made and nothing has been backed up to do something about it. Pay the money and take the players if you want them. It’s easy to unsettle players now.

“This club is not in a position where it needs to sell and certainly won’t give away one of its assets for next to nothing.

“If Rangers want Jordan they’ll need to pay the money."

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