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Rangers and Hearts still locked in Kyle Lafferty battle

Rangers and Hearts are still locked in battle over the on-again, off-again transfer of Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty.

The latest twist came on Thursday, with Hearts manager Craig Levein stating that Lafferty’s return to the club he left six years ago was not inevitable, despite acknowledging the fact that the two clubs were still negotiating.

Hearts have turned down an offer of £200,000 for the 30-year old, and despite Rangers manager Steven Gerrard claiming progress in terms of finalising the deal, the clubs still are yet to reach an agreement.

Lafferty played for Rangers between 2008 and 2012 before embarking on an itinerant career that took in spells in Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, as well as Championship sides Norwich City and Birmingham.

He joined Hearts in June 2017, and has since gone on to score 13 goals for them, most recently last weekend when he bagged the winner for them as they beat Celtic at Tynecastle.

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