Free agent striker Kyle Lafferty is a transfer target for Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town, according to the Daily Mail. The Northern Ireland international was released by arch rivals Norwich City this summer, but could be about to cross the divide in East Anglia.

The 29-year-old endured a hugely frustrating time whilst at Carrow Road. He made a total of 24 appearances in the 2016/17 campaign, but a big chunk of that came whilst with the national team. Since signing in 2014, Lafferty only started 11 league games for the Canaries and would most likely have been quite relieved to have left at the end of last season.

His departure has now opened the door to many clubs, especially in the Sky Bet Championship, in considering a move for Lafferty. His exploits on Northern Ireland duty has certainly opened the eyes of many potential suitors. He has been linked with a move to Azerbaijan with Qarabag recently. He has played abroad with the likes of Rizespor, Palermo and Sion, so could be open to such a move. Scottish duo Hibernian and Hearts are also monitoring the situation with particular interest too. However, remaining in England may enhance his chances of impressing national team manager Michael O’Neill even more. Mick McCarthy may give him a decision to make.

The Tractor Boys recently just added Joe Garner to boost their striker options ahead of next season. Goals were a big issue for the club over the past season and McCarthy is clearly keen to address that. With David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears also on the books too, the addition of Lafferty would give them another excellent alternative to select from. Tom Lawrence returned to Leicester City at the end of his successful loan spell, so his goals will need replacing too.

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