Rumour Mill: Palermo keen to end Kyle Lafferty’s Norwich City frustrations

Norwich City's out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty is being touted with a return to Palermo. Picture

Norwich City's out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty is being touted with a return to Palermo. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty could be heading for a return to former club Palermo in the January transfer window.

Italian media claimed on Friday exploratory talks have already started between the Canaries and the Serie A side over a potential City escape route for the Northern Irish international, who has made it clear he is desperate for regular club football ahead of his country's Euro 2016 bow.

Lafferty scored 11 goals in 34 appearances to fire Palermo to promotion from Serie B in 2013/14 but moved to Carrow Road in June 2014 following a reported fallout with the Italian club's owner.

Respected Skysports Italia football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has interviewed Palermo's sporting director Manuel Gerolin, who confirmed the Serie A strugglers are in the market for fresh firepower next month.

Lafferty was the subject of a failed Championship loan enquiry from Leeds United ahead of November's emergency deadline but Whites' boss Steve Evans is a confirmed admirer of the 28-year-old.

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Lafferty 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.

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