Norwich City transfer rumours: Ipswich Town ready to make their move for Kyle Lafferty
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Kyle Lafferty was deemed surplus to requirements at Norwich City this summer...but that hasn't stopped fierce rivals Ipswich Town making a move for the Northern Ireland international.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy is reportedly considering offering Lafferty a deal at Portman Road after the striker was one of seven players told they could leave Norwich before the end of the season.
Few fans shed a tear when Lafferty was told he could leave after a disappointing three seasons with the Canaries where he scored just four goals.
However, supporters may be worried the former Palermo man could come back to haunt them next season if he signed for Ipswich. He has shown at international level that he knows where the goal is, staging a one man mission to fire his country to the Euros in 2016.
Lafferty has been told he needs to secure first team football to maintain his place in Michael O'Neill's squad and a move to Ipswich could appeal.
According to the Daily Mail McCarthy would like to see Lafferty in tandem with Joe Garner, who signed for the Blues from Rangers for a fee of around £1m.
Lafferty would certainly be in for a hot reception should he make the move.
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Since 1980 only 12 players have represented both clubs, while just have four moved directly from one to the other.
The last time it happened was in 2001, and even then there was no contact between the two East Anglian rivals, with Andy Marshall out of contract when he decided to cross the great divide and try his luck south of the border.
You have to go back a lot further for the three other direct moves.
In 1980 Clive Woods, a key man for Ipswich during their glory years under Bobby Robson, returned to his home city club for what turned out to be his swansong in professional football while six years later John Deehan left for Portman Road, with Trevor Putney moving in the opposite direction.
Having scored 70 goals in 199 appearances 'Dixie' never hit the same heights in his new surroundings, although a record of 14 goals in 63 games was respectable enough.
Putney is a rare example of a player who shone brightly for both clubs, playing 127 games for Town and exactly 100 for City.
Ten years on and there was nearly another 'cross-the-divide' deal, but having agreed to join Ipswich Ian Crook had second thoughts when Mike Walker returned as manager and opted to stay put.
In recent years player connections have been few and far between, with striker Alan Lee the last man to represent both clubs.
Players who have represented both clubs since 1980
• Clive Baker - Norwich City 1978-81 (16-0-0), Ipswich Town 1992-96 (57-1-0)
• Matthew Bates - Ipswich Town 2006 (2-0-0), Norwich City 2008 (2-1-0)
• Keith Bertschin - Ipswich Town 1973-77 (20-13-8), Norwich City - 1981-84 (136-2-38)
• John Deehan - Norwich City 1981-85 (194-5-70), Ipswich Town 1986-88 (56-7-14)
• Louie Donowa - Norwich City 1982-85 (70-10-15), Ipswich Town - 1989-90 (21-8-2)
• David Healy - Norwich City 2003 (10-3-2), Ipswich Town 2010 (5-7-1)
• Alan Lee - Ipswich Town 2006-08, 2014 (96-14-34), Norwich City - 2009 (6-1-2)
• Kevin Lisbie - Norwich City 2005-6 (4-2-1), Ipswich Town - 2008-11 (26-19-7)
• Andy Marshall - Norwich City 1994-01 (217-2-0), Ipswich Town 2001-4 (65-0-0)
• Trevor Putney - Ipswich Town 1980-86 (118-9-9), Norwich City 1986-89 (94-6-10)
• Clive Woods - Ipswich Town 1969-80 (278-61-31, Norwich City 1980-81 (34-3-4)
• David Wright - Norwich City 2005 (5-0-0), Ipswich Town 2007-10 (125-3-5)