Kyle Lafferty set for a surprise overseas switch after his Sunderland exit
Kyle Lafferty is reportedly set to put pen to paper on a deal in Italy’s second division following his Sunderland exit.
The experienced striker joined the Black Cats in January and netted just twice before the League One season was curtailed – with both goals coming in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham in March.
And having been released following the expiration of his short-term contract, reports in Italy claim that the 32-year-old is set to join Serie B side Reggina.
Reggina gained promotion from the third tier last season and have embarked on an ambitious recruitment drive this summer – having already agreed a deal to sign former Roma and AC Milan winger Jeremy Menez.
And Sportitalia claim that Lafferty is set to be the next player to sign for the second division side.
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It’s something of a surprising move given the frontman’s pedigree, but it’s understood that Reggina have been able to offer attractive contracts to a number of marquee signings.
Speaking to the Open Goal podcast earlier this month, Lafferty had hinted that his next move may take him abroad – having previously played in Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
“It’s one of those things, do I hold off and see what happens?,” he said.
“But I love going abroad. It’s everything that comes with it - training in the afternoon, having coffee in the sun, it’s a different feeling.
“I think my game suits playing abroad.”