Belfast Telegraph

Lafferty is facing Norwich stay after rejecting Sion loan

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is facing a race against time to secure a move away from Norwich City before tonight's transfer deadline after he knocked back a return to Sion.

The Swiss club had made a move to take the Fermanagh man on loan until the end of the season, but Lafferty is keen to stay in England with the Euro 2016 finals looming.

Lafferty made 25 appearances for Sion, scoring five times, between 2012 and 2013 after leaving Rangers and before joining Italian side Palermo.

A deadline-day move remains a possibility for Lafferty, but he must leave Norwich today or be forced to take a risk by relying on the possibility of a temporary switch when the loan window reopens next week.

Bristol City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all shown an interest in the 28-year-old, but have failed to agree loan moves as Norwich would prefer to sell the striker.

Having to see out the season at Norwich would be a setback for Lafferty, who wants to be in top shape for Northern Ireland's first-ever European Championship campaign after scoring seven goals in qualifying.

Lafferty has made just three substitute appearances for City this season, scoring once, and has been pushed further down the pecking order by the arrivals of Steven Naismith and Patrick Bamford, who joined on loan from Chelsea on Saturday.

He joined the Canaries in 2014 and scored once in 20 games before joining Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on loan in the second half of last season.

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