Belfast Telegraph

Sheffield Wednesday weighing up Kyle Lafferty move

By Stuart McKinley

Sheffield Wednesday are ready to rescue Kyle Lafferty from his uncertainty at Norwich City.

New Owls manager Carlos Cavalhal is in the hunt for a targetman and with Lafferty possibly available, he would fit the bill perfectly.

The Northern Ireland striker is back at Carrow Road after a loan spell with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor, but there has been no indication as yet that he figures in manager Alex Neil's future plans.

Neil sanctioned Lafferty's move to Turkey shortly after taking the reins in January and following Norwich's promotion to the Premier League, he appears to be chasing higher-profile strikers, potentially leaving Lafferty without first-team football during the most important season of his international career.

Lafferty has been on fire during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring five times in six games, with two hugely important matches looming in September, away to the Faroe Islands and at home to Hungary, when two wins would seal a place in the finals in France.

Manager Michael O'Neill will want Lafferty in peak condition both physically and mentally before that double-header and the possibility of having him languishing in Norwich's reserve team when the season starts is a worrying prospect.

Lafferty hasn't travelled to Austria for the Canaries' pre-season, with a knee injury being cited as the reason for him remaining in East Anglia. Neil, however, was quoted as saying that the Fermanagh man would have started in a friendly against Hitchin had he not been injured.

Norwich have also been linked with a number of other strikers. In particular they are believed to be lining up a move for Liverpool's Rickie Lambert, with West Brom also interested in the England international.

The club have also met with Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey.

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