Leeds United reportedly face stiff competition from Palermo in their bid to sign Northern Ireland hitman Kyle Lafferty.
The Championship club are understood to have been joined by the Serie A outfit in the hunt to recruit the out-of-favour Norwich City striker during next month’s transfer window.
The 28-year-old, who has 45 international caps for his country, has managed just 13 minutes of Premier League football under Canaries boss Alex Neil so far this season.
Having helped Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016 in France next summer; Lafferty is thought to be desperate to seal a move away from Carrow Road in the New Year to nail down a first-team spot elsewhere ahead of next year’s major tournament.
Leeds were reportedly close to snapping up the striker on a loan deal back in November, but the transfer failed to materialise in the 11th hour.
Whites boss Steve Evans is still keen on signing Lafferty next month; however Palermo are keen on re-signing the Northern Irishmen after he scored an impressive 11 goals in 34 matches for the club during the 2013-14 Serie A campaign.