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Leeds reportedly interested but stellar Stokes displays could scupper any move

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Leeds are reportedly interested in the Celtic forward but why would they let one of their creative forces go?

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United are interested in bringing Celtic forward Anthony Stokes to Elland Road.

Their interest, however, is said to be complicated by their transfer embargo. In their current state, Leeds can still take Stokes on - but only after an initial loan move.

Whether the interest is genuine, of course, is something only those at the club will know. But, assuming Leeds do want to take the Celtic man on, there is one factor perhaps most detrimental to their cause - his form.

The Yorkshire side need Celtic to let the 26-year-old go out on loan but, based on last night's stellar Stokes display, the chances of that happening could be minimal.

Returning from injury, Stokes whipped in two fantastic first-half deliveries that were both headed home as Celtic cruised to a 4-0 win over Motherwell.

Granted, one performance doesn't decide one's future. But Bhoys boss Ronny Deila has consistently stated his preference to keep his best players at Celtic and utilise all the options available to him.

And, with the transfer deadline just a couple of weeks away, Stokes's reminder of his abilities was rather timely.

Should Leeds tempt Celtic with a big enough offer, who knows what could happen. Right now, however, Stokes is promising a bright 2015. And a man in form is a man you simply don't loan out.

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