Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty has suggested he will ask to leave the Premier League side in January, a development that could prompt Leeds United to reignite their interest in the player.
The 28-year-old has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football this season having fallen down the pecking order at Carrow Road. Having helped Northern Ireland qualify for their first ever European Championships, the striker is desperate to ensure he is gets the first-team opportunities needed to stay firmly in Michael O'Neill's plans for the national team.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino made Lafferty a priority target for the club during the summer transfer window, only for then-manager Uwe Rosler to opt against him and propose other options.
But the Championship side are now likely to have another chance to sign him. "I am going to have a sit down with the manager in January and have a discussion with him," Lafferty said, Sky Sports reports. "I know that I will need to play football in the new year and going into the Euros.
"It is difficult at my club at present with not playing, but I will keep training and working away in the hope I get my chance. I would love to be playing at Norwich but if I have to go out on loan or be sold to play football that might be the way it will be. For the Euros, I want to be in the best shape of my life and need to be playing to do that."
Any business Leeds does in the January transfer window could be depend on the status of the club with Cellino listening to offers to sell the Championship side to one of six interested parties. The Italian businessman has been a deeply unpopular character during his 18 months at Elland Road but according to the Mirror, a £30m takeover could be on the cards.