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Kyle Lafferty nets big move to Sunderland

Wearside-bound: Kyle Lafferty
Wearside-bound: Kyle Lafferty

By Graham Luney

Kyle Lafferty has sealed his move to Sunderland in a short term deal until the end of the season.

The Northern Ireland international was impressed with the League One club's facilities and manager Phil Parkinson's plans for the future.

Lafferty had other options since leaving Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 at the end of his contract but a possible return to Hearts was rejected in favour of joining the Wearside club.

The Black Cats are aiming to return to the Championship next season and they hope the Fermanagh man can fire them towards that goal.

The move will also be welcome news for Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill ahead of the Euro 2020 play-off battle with Bosnia in March.

Parkinson could bring in another striker before the end of the month and Burton Albion's Liam Boyce, Lafferty's international team-mate, is one of the frontmen he is considering.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland duo Dylan Boyle and Carl Johnston have signed their first professional contracts with Fleetwood Town.

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