Northern Ireland midfielder Kyle Lafferty has opened up on a possible move to Azerbaijan, according to talkSPORT.

The 29-year old has just returned from international duty where he came off the bench during Northern Ireland’s 1-0 win over Azerbaijan to strengthen their hopes of World Cup qualification.

But it’s emerged that Lafferty, who has been without a club since being released by Norwich City at the end of the season, has raised interest from the Azerbaijani champions Qarabag during his short stay in the country.

Qarabag have won the title for four years in a row now and are the dominant force in the country; so much do that six of Azerbaijan’s starting squad on Saturday are Qarabag players.

And Lafferty, who has previously shown a willingness to play his trade further afield after spells in Switzerland, Italy and Turkey, admitted he would be intrigued should they firm up their interest in his signature.

“I heard about the fact they were supposedly interested in me but I haven’t heard anything more,” he said.

“Obviously I’ve spent a few days there and from what I’ve seen the city is fantastic and I was really impressed by the stadium.

“Who knows what could happen if Qarabag come in with an offer for me? I could be back playing my football in Baku.”

Qarabag have featured in the Europa League in the last three seasons, and in 2015/16 were knocked out of Champions League qualification by Celtic in the last round. They were later placed in the same group as Tottenham Hotspur in European football’s secondary competition .

Lafferty has previously had spells at Burnley, Rangers and Sion, but joined Norwich from Palermo in 2014. In his three-year spell at the club, opportunities were limited and he only made 31 appearances for the club scoring just two goals.

Lafferty, who has had better goal scoring success for Northern Ireland with 20 goals in 58 appearances since 2006, has spent the last two season away from the club on loan, at Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor in 2015 and at Birmingham City in 2006.


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