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Kyle Lafferty set for return to Italy's Serie B


Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty

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Kyle Lafferty

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is poised for a return to Italy's Serie B with Reggina.

Six years after leaving Palermo, Kesh man Lafferty, Northern Ireland's second highest international goalscorer on 20, is in advanced talks with the newly-promoted club.

The 32-year-old is a free agent after leaving Sunderland at the end of the League One campaign

During the 2013-14 season, Lafferty was a huge fans’ favourite in Sicily, where he scored 12 goals to help Palermo gain promotion, but, after a major falling out with then owner Maurizio Zamparini, the striker — who has enjoyed two stints at Rangers along with Hearts — returned to the UK and joined Norwich City.

Now Lafferty, who this week celebrated the birth of his second child with wife Vanessa, could be just a short boat ride from Sicily across the Strait of Messina if he signs up for Reggina.

The club, situated at the ‘toe’ of Italy in Reggio Calabria, are on their way back after being dumped out of the League in 2015 following bankruptcy and being forced to return in Serie D.

Reggina previously spent a decade in Serie A and are now only one season away from securing top-flight status again. They are on a big recruitment drive this summer and have already brought in former AC Milan and Roma winger Jeremy Menez.

Lafferty is no stranger to playing on the continent as, along with Palermo, he has starred for Sion in Switzerland, Turkish outfit Çaykur Rizespor and Sarpsborg in Norway.

Belfast Telegraph