By Coral Barry

Kyle Lafferty is set to deliver the cruelest of blows to Leeds by snubbing the Whites in favour of their arch rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds had been working on a deal to bring the Premier League striker on loan from Norwich since February, but it has now been hijacked by their bitter rivals.

Lafferty, 28, is now thought to prefer joining promotion-chasing Wednesday over a stint at Elland Road.

The Mirror reports that although an offer is on the table for Lafferty to join Leeds until the end of the season, the Northern Irish international has chosen to reject the Whites.

Lafferty is seeking a way out of his Norwich nightmare after making just 23 appearances in total for the Canaries since signing in 2014.

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The striker is keen to not be forgotten by the time Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill makes his final decision on the squad he will take to the European Championships in June.

The Mirror also allege that Birmingham City is interested in frontman’s services, but suggest that Lafferty is eager to be part of a promotion winning squad.

Wednesday sit in the final play-off place in 6th and it is reported that the Owls would be happy to shell out £1.5million on Lafferty if they achieve promotion.

In other Leeds news, Evans has revealed exactly why Lafferty turned down Whites offer.