Leeds United manager Steve Evans has confirmed talks with Norwich City over the transfer of striker Kyle Lafferty.

Lafferty was heavily linked with a move to Elland Road during the emergency loan window but the Premier League side refused to sanction his release.

Norwich are now thought to be closing in on Everton striker Steven Naismith, however, while fellow front men Patrick Bamford and Simone Zaze have also been linked with the Canaries this month.

None of that comes as welcome news to Lafferty, who has made only two first team appearances this season - totalling 27 minutes of football.

The Northern Ireland international, who scored seven goals in nine Euro 2016 qualifying matches, is reportedly keen to secure regular game time ahead of this summer's tournament in France.

And Evans said, as quoted by ​BBC Sport: ​"The clubs are having a chat. We will see where it goes."

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Lafferty, 28, was supposedly in attendance during Leeds' 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, a claim the striker took to Twitter to deny.

"Just to clarify a few things. I wasn't at the Leeds game yday [yesterday]. I am overwhelmed at the interest from Leeds Utd as I understand how passionate the club and their fans are," he posted.

"Atm [at the minute] I am still a Norwich city player and I will continue to work hard and try and force my way into the team.

"I will train and concentrate on our fa cup match against man city on Saturday."

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