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Ipswich Town transfer rumour: Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty is on Town’s radar

PUBLISHED: 11:38 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 18 June 2017

Kyle Lafferty, a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: PA

Kyle Lafferty, a target of Ipswich Town. Picture: PA

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Ipswich Town could well be set to sign Norwich City’s unwanted striker, Kyle Lafferty.

Lafferty was deemed surplus to requirements at Carrow Road this summer, but that hasn’t stopped fierce rivals Ipswich from 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.

Very few Canaries 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 that 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 reports elsewhere, 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.

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.

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