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Alex Neil has his say on Kyle Lafferty’s Norwich City future

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty remains on the fringes at Carrow Road. Picture: Jasonpix

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty remains on the fringes at Carrow Road. Picture: Jasonpix

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Alex Neil will only sanction Kyle Lafferty’s Norwich City loan exit on his terms.

Lafferty rejected a short-term move in the January transfer window, with the Northern Irish international heavily touted with former club FC Sion, but the frontman needs game-time ahead of his country’s Euro 2016 bow in the summer.

Championship club Leeds United have again been touted with a move, with Steve Evans failing with a previous loan enquiry prior to Christmas, but Neil has reiterated Norwich’s stance for potential suitors is clear.

“This question comes back time and time again and the answer remains the same. Kyle Lafferty had an opportunity to go on loan. He didn’t but that was his choice,” said Neil.

“If someone else comes in and pays his wages then there is an opportunity for him to go. Nobody has got to that figure so nothing has changed in that respect.”

Whites’ boss Evans hinted this week he is now only interested in attracting players with a view to permanent signings, ahead of the current emergency loan window closing on March 24.

“It has to be players that are going to be part of building a team for next season,” he said, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds. “It would be simple in many respects to go and sign a player on loan and say we’ll help you get fit for the European Championships. Or we sign a couple of gifted young players from the top four or five current clubs in English football.

“We can’t be a club that is used to get players fit for the Euros. It’s a case of we would have to be agreeing, if it was Kyle, and I don’t know if Alex Neil has changed his plans with Kyle, if it was the case that Kyle was available to come to us that we can agree to take him on beyond the summer.

“Then we would very much be at the table, but unless we can agree that first we’re not going to bring someone for eight weeks. That really is not building a team.”

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