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Kyle Lafferty too expensive for Leeds boss Evans

08:51 22 February 2016

Kyle Lafferty of Norwich, Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kyle Lafferty of Norwich, Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Outspoken Leeds boss Steve Evans appears to have admitted defeat in his attempt to sign Canaries striker Kyle Lafferty, citing “huge” costs.

Evans’ pursuit of Lafferty stretches back some months, but, speaking after his team’s FA Cup exit at Watford, he claimed the price of a deal would cause problems within the Elland Road dressing room.

In a radio interview, Evans said: “What Norwich were asking for – if you add the package on top of that... I’m not going to give you the numbers as it would be unprofessional, but it was huge. Huge.

“It would have completely ripped the dressing room apart.

“I have a responsibility as the head coach. I’m not saying that somebody can’t come in and earn a bit more if they have got that much more quality, but we can’t have most lads earning one and somebody coming in on 12 – that just wouldn’t be right.”

Lafferty joined City in June, 2014, signing a three-year contract, and while he has been unable to command a place in Alex Neil’s matchday squad, his stock is high on the international stage, where he helped Northern Ireland reach Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Conor McGrandles suffered a double leg break in Falkirk’s 1-0 Scottish Championship win over Morton.

McGrandles. 20, tweeted: “Gutted to say I’ve suffered a double leg break.

“Can’t thank everyone enough at the pitch and in the hospital for keeping me calm and helping me.”

Bairns manager Peter Houston said: “My thoughts are more with Conor than being delighted with any victory. He’s a young lad we’ve brought up from Norwich; a former Falkirk player. It’s certainly put a huge dampener on what was a valuable three points for us.”

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28 comments

  • Btw, Evans's "not unprofessional" comments, indicating quite the reverse, are akin to dingo's oblique insiderisms. Toc H. Not as bad as Custardery though. Nothing is. More Toc H.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Forest should go to Forrest IMHO. People can't see the wood for the trees. We don't need any more Scots. Apart from Naismith, the current crop is useless. In the Olden Days, Scots like the likes of Bill Punton, Archie McCauley (?), Ken Foggo, Duncan Forbes, Malky Mackay, Robert Fleck, Ted McDougall, Alan Black and Jimmy Bone were great. On the minus side, we had that great lump called Gunn. A cumbrous bit of masonry.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • QPR are linked with Forrest too. Possibly why I'm not too fussed. It has to be one mutha of an overhaul in the Summer, whatever happens. And I think most of us know what will. Happen, that is.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • At least we're being linked with Celtic want away James Forrest ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY? Just shows how much Celtic have fallen from grace . . . . or would he be wanting a slice of next years Premier League pie (should we remain in the division of course) ’’›(Ͼ˳Ͽ)‹’’

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • I see Ipsw*ch managed to scrape together enough dosh to pay the tax man at the last minute so no bankruptcy this year.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Absolutely correct Lincs. If, as you say, we don't get much out of Leicester or Chelsea, then we have to win every other one of the seven games during the Mar 5 to Apr 23 spell. If we don't, then we are down. Simple as. For that to happen, you are right, we need a RADICAL change in our recent form. Not sure about some of Dan's assertions though. Neil clearly did not fancy Lafferty in the Champs last season, so assuming he is still manager if we are there again next season, why would you think it'd be any different then ?

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    Rick

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • The non-selection and futures of Lafferty, Bennett, Pinto, any player under 21, is a side show as we wait to see if the prolonged break has brought about any change in our defensive organisation and collective mental resolve to survive. Leicester have also had time to rest their aching limbs after three tough games that yielded six points and a rare defeat. They have however been prone recently to drawing at home, a result that is the best we can hope for. What is for certain is that our current six game form of one point from 18 has to change soon. There has been talk of a mini league of six. Over the last six games we have haemorraged points to those other teams, cast away at the bottom as they battle the other places. The board can't stand by and watch that pattern repeat or we will be down with the Villa before Easter.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • How long is his contract? My guess is that City can't shift him because of his wage demands (presumably they agreed a fee with Leeds or they wouldn't have given them permission to speak to him). BUT if we are relegated, his wages will drop in line with the Championship ones which might mean he would either a) be at his level and a good affordable option to fire us back up or b) he'll look to move on to boost his wages and we'll get a nice transfer fee for him - assuming of course he does ok in the Euros.

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    Dan

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • How long is his contract? My guess is that City can't shift him because of his wage demands (presumably they agreed a fee with Leeds or they wouldn't have given them permission to speak to him). BUT if we are relegated, his wages will drop in line with the Championship ones which might mean he would either a) be at his level and a good affordable option to fire us back up or b) he'll look to move on to boost his wages and we'll get a nice transfer fee for him - assuming of course he does ok in the Euros.

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    Dan

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Bamford holds more interest for me and weve just signed him why no interest being shown here? Hope hes in the squad for saturday.

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    johnty

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I agreed with you totally Rick until I saw you include politicians in your list. I wouldn't give 'em the wotsit off my snout if I had a cold. Which I do have right now, actually:-)

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Agree pretty much with Johny on this. Clearly we don't know the exact situation ,but it seems like another example of a relatively modest player being grossly overpaid. I've never had any problem with the top cream of professionals in any walk of life (entertainment, sports, business, medicine, law, politics, whatever) being royally rewarded, because quite simply they are the best in their field. My problem is when journeymen (and, I'm sorry, Lafferty falls into that category), get ridiculous sums for doing a pretty average job. Maybe over-simplistic, but it's how I feel.

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    Rick

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • @irongloves is beautifully naughty there. Timbo would've been proud. Surely Laffers and his Agent could somehow split the difference? Laffers has vast experience of that. His time will come again. He has to be a top-notch big one up front. Allegedly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I like all the not good enough for the premiership chit chat, its a joke really as Norwich as a club don't look good enough for the premiership, perhaps it's a good idea to hang on too a few decent championship strikers coz they will be needed next season.

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    trev57

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I don't know if there back Surrey, AN was in the Sky studio yesterday talking about the Hibs game what was on.

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • By the way, do we actually know who has, and who hasn't. gone to the training camp? Obviously there's a media black out on what is going on.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Johnny.. You've hit the nail on the head..PL teams haven't exactly been queuing up to sign him have they? I know there's plenty of fans who feel he's worth a shot simply because of his International record. The problem with that is most of his goals are against poor opposition. I was always a big fan of Hooper, but maybe he has found his level in the Championship - maybe Kyle falls into the same category?..either way..I wish he'd move and get some game time before the Summer!

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    Irish canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I say again, he is of most value to NCFC if he is match fit and ready to cover for injuries. The best way for that is for him to play at Leeds; NCFC covers the top up on his wages and he has a recall clause. It really is not rocket science. WIN WIN WIN - City reduce the wage bill and have a fit striker.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • The problem is obvious. Another player earning far too much and when he doesn't fit in the first team plans, none of the lower league teams can afford him and Premier league teams don't rate him. Remember the time before player's agents...

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    Johny

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • irongloves that's a bit presumptious! I don't think he'd need Steve Evans' help in that direction! I think he can find his own, if you see what I mean:-)

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • If he actually does fit the description of a "Love Rat" given to him by the Daily Mirror perhaps Steve Evans needs to find a Yorkshire Femme Fatale to entice him to take a wage cut in return for certain fringe benefits.

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    irongloves

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • This kind of confirms what I thought..Obvioulsy any potential transfer fee is noe of their dressing rooms business. Like most clubs, if a players personal demands would upset the dressing room , that has to be taken into account. I guess what Leeds are really saying is that they want us to let him go on a free, pay up his contract, and let them pay him a wage within their wage structure. I've said before, KL doesn't come out of this too well..he's putting his wage packet before his own international ambitions - and those of a small country!

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    Irish canary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Mr Ed the Hucks situation was unique - in many ways;-) What a Boxing Day that was - I found out at the Clarence Harbour an hour before kick off. Happy days long gone I fear.

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Too expensive for Leeds? He's cost us a fortune! Agree with all comments below.

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Spot on Rick and if he's happy not even being on the bench and picking up his wages each month, so be it. I seem to remember a certain player, who quite happily told his agent that he would rather take a cut in wages so he could come and play for us - WHAT a belated Xmas present that was for us!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • There's already been a fair bit written about Lafferty on other threads. Suffice to say that, as is normal in these cases, it's all descending into a claims and counterclaims, who said what, to whom, and when type farce. There must be something in this high wage business; otherwise why has no-one else apart from Leeds come in for him, either to purchase or to loan ? But he's not be the first player trapped by his own high wages, and I'm sure he won't be the last.

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    Rick

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • It does however tend to explain why he is still with us and shows just how high the wages were under Neil Adams, little wonder he would rather hang around NCFC not playing than get on with his life elsewhere.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Poor ole Leeds, how the mighty have fallen.

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    cutty

    Monday, February 22, 2016

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