Steve Evans admits Kyle Lafferty’s move from Norwich City to Leeds United could be in jeopardy with the club’s unable to agree the terms of a transfer.
Leeds boss Evans has chased Lafferty since taking over at Elland Road and was linked with a loan bid in the Autumn.
The striker was widely expected to join the Whites this January but Norwich are only willing to sanction a permanent deal for the 28-year-old.
“We want it to be a loan deal with the option of a permanent. Norwich City have respectfully said that they want it to be on a permanent. We’re not going to be doing it on a permanent initially,” Evans said.
“We want to be able, if it’s possible, to bring the player here but that’s proving very difficult. If it proves not to be the case then we’re not only thinking of Kyle Lafferty, there are other players we’re looking at. It’s not Kyle Lafferty or nobody. There are other options.
“If we take another option then the Kyle Lafferty interest will suddenly drop off.”
The Northern Ireland international has made only two substitute appearances for the Canaries this season, scoring in the League Cup victory over West Brom.
Norwich manager Alex Neil wants to add another striker to his ranks at Carrow Road and is understood to be close to signing Everton’s Steve Naismith.
When asked whether Leeds’ offer for Lafferty was all but dead, Evans replied: “Only Norwich City know that. They’re signing one and perhaps signing two or three others and their focus will quite rightly be on that area.
“They’ve made it clear that they would want Kyle to leave on a permanent and if someone out there is prepared to do that then we have to respect that they’re in a different situation to us at this present time.”