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Pescara line up Lafferty as West Brom refuse to part with Evans

By Stuart McKinley

Serie A newcomers Pescara are preparing to offer Kyle Lafferty a route out of his Norwich City nightmare.

And while one prominent Northern Ireland international could be on the move before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, another could find his path blocked by his club, with West Bromwich Albion determined to hold onto Jonny Evans as Arsenal eye the defender.

The Baggies are refusing to sell Evans, who they signed from Manchester United a year ago.

Lafferty is desperate to leave Carrow Road after being left out in the cold by manager Alex Neil and the Italian side is keen to open talks over a move for the Northern Ireland striker, who will be available at a knock-down price as he is in the final season of his contract.

Pescara are aware of Lafferty's qualities after he previously spent a season in Italy with Sardinian side Palermo, scoring 11 goals in 34 league games to help them win promotion to Serie A as champions.

Since signing for Norwich two years ago, Lafferty has played just 19 league games and was shipped out to Birmingham City on loan last season after making just one appearance in the Premier League.

Any move could depend on whether Lafferty is hit with a suspension following a misconduct charge relating to betting on football matches.

The English FA has alleged that Lafferty placed a bet on a match in February this year.

The 28-year-old had until yesterday to respond to the charge and he will then wait to see what the FA decides.

Meanwhile, Charlton Athletic have emerged as the favourites to snap up Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis.

The London club is understood to have put in a £100,000 offer to Kilmarnock.

Earlier this week Killie knocked back an offer from Oldham Athletic, but that is believed to be because the player himself wasn't keen on the move.

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