15:15 27th June 2014
by Ben Mouncer
Striker set to complete move to Carrow Road on July 1
NORWICH City can confirm that Kyle Lafferty is set to move to the Canaries from Palermo for an undisclosed fee on July 1, subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.
The ex-Burnley and Rangers forward has put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract at Carrow Road, with an option for a further twelve months, and will become Neil Adams’ second signing of the summer after City’s boss moved for Bournemouth’s Lewis Grabban earlier this month.
The 26-year-old, who has 37 caps for Northern Ireland, arrives on the back of one season with Italian Serie B champions Palermo, where he was voted fans' Player of the Year, scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances.
“Norwich is a team that wants to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I’m excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this,” he said.
“I’ve played in the Championship before and I’ve played against Norwich, and things I noticed about the club were the fans and the football they played.
“Speaking to the gaffer, everything he said and everything he wants me to do, it’s good to have someone like that believing in me. I can’t wait to get started.”
Lafferty progressed through Burnley’s Academy, making his full debut in 2005 before going on to play 89 times in three seasons with the Clarets.
He moved to Rangers for £3m in July 2008, and scored on his home debut – the first of 38 goals he would go on to bag for the Scottish giants across four years. He was a teammate of current City full-back Steven Whittaker at the Glasgow club.
The striker decided on a move abroad to Swiss outfit FC Sion in the summer of 2012, with an impressive campaign that included 12 goals earning him the switch to Palermo last July.
Lafferty was given his senior Northern Ireland debut by Lawrie Sanchez in 2006, and has scored nine times for his country.