Leeds United not giving up hope of signing Kyle Lafferty from Norwich City

Leeds United manager Steve Evans. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Leeds United manager Steve Evans. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Leeds United manager Steve Evans is not giving up hope of signing Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international was strongly linked with a loan move to Leeds until the end of the season after Evans revealed he had enquired about Lafferty's availability at the weekend.

The Canaries attacker subsequently took to Twitter to calm talk of the move, saying he was flattered to be linked with the Championship club but that he was focused on preparing for Norwich's FA Cup third round clash with Manchester City on Saturday.

Evans gave the latest update on the situation earlier today and admitted he may have to be patient.

'We've had a few chats with Norwich and we'll have to wait for that process to sort out,' the former Rotherham boss told Sky Sports.

'It's frustrating because you'd like to sign these players. Lafferty's made no secret of wanting to be at Leeds but I am respectful to Norwich boss Alex Neil and (chief executive) David McNally.

'We are trying hard to make it happen. But we are trying to sign two or three players. These players we are trying to bring in are good players and the owner is putting his hand in his pocket.'

Meanwhile, Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has claimed the Canaries made a bid of €15million (£11m) for him during the last summer transfer window.

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The 24-year-old Senegal international was strongly rumoured to be a target for City in the summer but has since gone on to have a strong first half of the season with the Naples club in Serie A.

'I could have left Naples in the summer, many clubs were interested in me,' Koulibaly told French sports newspaper L'Equipe.

'Norwich City offered €15million but that was refused. Sarri (Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri) has believed in me and now I am repaying that trust.'