Sunderland have been linked with a move for 32-year-old Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, as reported by the Scotsman.
The forward is currently a free agent after leaving Sarpsborg 08 in Norway and he had been linked with a possible return to Heart of Midlothian. Instead, it appears he’s now in talks with Phil Parkinson’s League One promotion hopefuls, who are five unbeaten in the third-tier with a recent 3-1 win against Lincoln City.
Lafferty is well-travelled having previously played for Burnley, Palermo, Rangers, Malmo, Hearts and Norwich City to name a few.
He’s perhaps most well-known for his exploits at international level, hitting 20 goals in 70 outings for his country over a 13-year spell wearing the emerald green. He hasn’t bagged for them since November 2016 though, hitting one in a 4-0 win against Azerbaijan.
Sunderland have a plethora of strikers at their disposal, with Will Grigg, Marc McNulty and Charlie Wyke all having been involved in £1m+ deals over the last few seasons. None have been able to find form for the Black Cats though and McNulty’s loan looks likely to be terminated this January.
Sunderland fans, expecting something a little more exciting than a free agent in his thirties, have not reacted well to the news, as you’ll read below.
Lafferty is shite isn't he? By our logic he'll sign and get 15 goals this season
— Matt Hartley (@matt_safc) January 9, 2020
If we sign lafferty im jumping of the nearest cliff
— TylerShields🥶 (@SAFCTylerr) January 8, 2020
Kyle Lafferty, not sure about anyone else but I think he would bully defenders in this league! Prefer him than having grigg. Plus he’s a shithouse 🤷🏼♂️
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) January 9, 2020
Lafferty may turn out to be a good addition but what worries me is he will be a short term solution currently we only have the following under ctr beyond this summer
Burge Willis Hume McLaughlin Power Leadbitter Dobson Embleton Gooch Grigg and Wyke possibly O'Nien #SAFC
— Steven Elliott (@ElliottSAFC) January 9, 2020
Would be a disgusting signing
— Michael A. Purvis (@PRViiiS) January 8, 2020
This a joke gotta be the lads cheers was over 10years ago my god more lies bye Mr Donald we have money in the bank to spend we're is the money
— Chippy1977 (@Chippy19772) January 9, 2020
He's been at Sarpsborg? Sounds like a lager that Lidl would make.
— IFC (@redschmooble) January 8, 2020
Another old journeyman… Should be going for hungry young players who don't just want a last payday!
— Daniel McCabe (@DMcCabe93) January 8, 2020