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Kyle fails to land move on day of £1.18 billion deals

By Jim Gracey

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been left kicking his heels at Norwich until the New Year at least after Cardiff, Reading and Palermo all failed with late deadline day moves as the football transfer window closed last night.

Deals totalling a record £1.18 billion were completed, including David Luiz back to Chelsea from Paris SG for £32m, Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham for £30m and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth.

But Lafferty's hoped for switch from Championship Norwich was not among them and he now links up with the Northern Ireland squad for Sunday's World Cup qualifying opener against the Czech Republic in Prague frustrated by the turn of events.

All three interested clubs were rebuffed by Norwich as they failed to sign a replacement.

Lafferty (28) had not been part of Norwich boss Alex Neil's long-term plans despite scoring in last week's 6-1 EFL Cup win over Coventry and coming on as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 3-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Birmingham.

But with the Canaries only signing Nelson Oliveira from Benfica to boost their forward line, Lafferty is now needed at Carrow Road.

Rangers completed a deal for Arsenal's former Swiss international free agent Philippe Senderos who could make his debut in Saturday's Jamie Mulgrew testimonial against Linfield at Windsor Park.

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