Rumour mill: Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty’s agent scotches Palermo transfer talk

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty will not be heading to Leeds on loan. Photo: Niall Carsony/PA Wir

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty will not be heading to Leeds on loan. Photo: Niall Carsony/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The agent of Norwich City's out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty insists Palermo have not opened talks over a potential New Year return.

Lafferty was last week linked with a possible move to the Serie A club where he scored 11 goals in 34 appearances to fire Palermo to promotion from Serie B in 2013/14 before moving to Carrow Road.

Now Lafferty's representative, Martin Lyon, is quoted on Italian football website Calcio Mercato on Thursday making it clear Palermo have yet to make a formal approach. Lyon also distanced Lafferty from recent speculation linking him to Red Star Belgrade and another of his former clubs, FC Sion. Championship side Leeds United failed with a loan enquiry prior to November's emergency deadline as Lafferty looks to sort out his short term future in January ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 bow next summer.

'I have not had any contact with the leaders of Palermo in relation to Lafferty , although they have my number,' said Lyon. 'As for the others I do not think it is fair to comment on rumours of Norwich as Kyle is their player and has a contract that is still valid.'

Lafferty signed a three year deal at Norwich in July 2014, with the option of another year, but the striker has only played 13 minutes in the Premier League for the Canaries this season and finds himself well down the pecking order behind Cameron Jerome, Dieumerci Mbokani and Lewis Grabban.