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Blackpool looking to take Kyle Lafferty from Ibrox to Premier League

By Mark McIntosh

Premier League new boys Blackpool will test Rangers desire to keep controversial striker Kyle Lafferty today.

The Northern Ireland striker, who has three years left on his Ibrox contract, has never been far away from the headlines — on and off the pitch — since moving to Glasgow just over two years ago but the Belfast Telegraph understands the SPL champions are determined to keep the 22-year old former Burnley star.

Lafferty, who is currently in Maribor preparing Northern Ireland‘s Euro 2012 opener against Slovenia, is also attracting interest from Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Leeds United.

The arrivals of front men James Beattie and Nikica Jelavic appears to have pushed Lafferty down the pecking order and even the loan acquisition of Manchester City’s Vladimir Weiss has put his position of the left flank in doubt.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, who tried to sign Northern Ireland ace Paddy McCourt from Celtic in the last transfer window, has already had one approach turned down but will return with a better offer today.

Only Bristol City could match the Tangerines in offering enough money to tempt Rangers, who would look to recoup most of the £3.5 million fee they paid Burnley.

Meanwhile, Coventry City have told Leicester City Sammy Clingan is not for sale. The midfielder has struggled to get into Aidy Boothroyd’s side and made his first start last weekend but they are not prepared to do business.

Elsewhere, David Healy will be hoping to end his Sunderland nightmare with a move before tonight’s 6pm deadline but the loan window appears to be a more likely option.

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