Sunderland interested in Lafferty

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Updated: October 19, 2011

The Derry Journal has reported that Derry City left back, Daniel Lafferty is the subject of intense interest from Championship outfit Brighton and Hove Albion, although Derry City have denied that there has been an offer.

According to the Derry Journal, the 22 year old left back, who was with Celtic from the age of 16 before signing with his hometown club last season, has been monitored by scouts from Brighton and Hove Albion, who were reportedly present at Tallaght for Derry’s game against Shamrock Rovers.

Interestingly however, it appears that Premier League side Sunderland have also entered the race for the player’s signature. Sunderland have already invested in James McClean this season, who prior to his transfer had forged quite a formidable partnership with Lafferty.

Speaking on the recent speculation on Lafferty, Derry City manager Stephen Kenny stated that he had no enquiries, but commented that Lafferty has had a tremendous season.

“I think the rate of improvement of Daniel Lafferty has impressed this season. This time last year people were coming up to me and saying that they thought Daniel wasn’t good enough. He’s performed out of skin this year and he’s been an integral part of why the team has done so well.” , commented the Dubliner, whose management has steered Derry City’s fortunes from bankruptcy to silverware.

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