Report: Cardiff City offer Celtic striker Anthony Stokes return to English football with £1.5m bid

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Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is a reported target for Cardiff City.

Celtic striker John Guidetti has stolen most of the headlines this season, but another Bhoys forward has been finding the net too.

Irish international Anthony Stokes scored Celtic's winner in the 1-0 victory over Motherwell on Saturday, taking his tally to six goals in 12 league starts this season.

Stokes, 26, has already had quite the up-and-down career. A former Arsenal trainee, Stokes made a name for himself in 2006, smashing 16 goals in 18 games during a loan spell with Falkirk - which prompted Sunderland to spend £2m on him in January 2007.

Stokes struggled in England though, scoring just six goals over spells with Sunderland, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, before heading back to Scotland with Hibernian in 2009. In his one and only season there, he hit 23 goals in 43 games, earning a move to Celtic just 12 months after moving to Edinburgh.

An unheralded worker, Stokes has now scored 75 goals in 176 games for Celtic, but has mostly been playing out wide for new manager Ronny Deila.

His exploits north of the border have led to interest in his services once again, with Cardiff City reportedly willing to offer him a return to English football - despite his struggles there previously.

The Daily Mail suggest that Bluebirds manager Russell Slade will offer Celtic £1.5m for Stokes in January; just £300,000 more than what Celtic paid for him over four years ago.

It may take a bigger bid to convince Celtic and Deila to sell up, though intriguingly, Slade is ready to let Norwegians Magnus Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli leave South Wales - which could be of interest to their compatriot Deila in a possible part-exchange deal.

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