Northern Irish striker set for Italian adventure.
Italian side Palermo have claimed that a deal to bring former Glasgow Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty to Sicily is done and dusted, Sky Sports reports.
The 25-year-old departed the Glasgow side last summer to join Swiss club FC Sion and has bagged just eight goals in 28 appearances this season, but it was apparently enough to convince fellow ex-Rangers man Gennaro Gattuso to bring him to Italy.
Gattuso quit a player-manager role with Sion recently to take the reins with the Serie B side and is already setting about rebuilding the squad as they look to bounce back to Serie A at the first time of asking.
And club chairman, Maurizio Zamperini believes that the Northern Irish international will prove a smart acquisition.
“We have sealed a deal for Lafferty,” he said.
“He is someone who can lead the attack by himself, similar to Luca Toni. In Switzerland he hasn’t scored many goals, so we hope he can get them here.
“For the moment we are keeping the same skeleton of the side as last year, plus a few important additions. The system will depend on the players, but we’re thinking of a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2.
“In attack we have players like Paulo Dybala and Abel Hernandez, plus a few more who will arrive.”