Could the door to reported target at Celtic be opening for Leeds?

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Leeds United would be well served to renew their interest in Celtic's Anthony Stokes this summer.

Leeds United's interest in Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, as reported by the Daily Mail, was knocked back in January, but if they remain keen on the Republic of Ireland international then their chances of signing him this summer appear to have increased.

Stokes has been in poor form for the Bhoys recently and his place in Ronny Deila's team appears to be under threat.

The addition of Gary Mackay-Steven has increased competition for places on the wings and Stokes, as a result, has seen less first-team football than he would have liked.

The 26-year-old has started just one league match for Celtic since January 22nd and his future at Parkhead could be cast into doubt when the summer rolls around.

Stokes has generally been utilised in a peripheral role at Celtic this campaign, with the forward unable to break into the team in his more favoured central-striking position.

Deila seems to prefer Leigh Griffiths and John Guidetti to Stokes as front-men, and that means there are question marks over where he fits in.

That could be good news for Leeds, who were said to be keen on the attacker only two months ago.

The Whites have reportedly identified Stokes as a player that could enhance their starting line-up, with his poise in possession considered to be something which is currently missing in their squad.

Leeds have limited funds available to them, as they are struggling to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, but with Stokes' future at Celtic being questioned, they may be able to convince the Scottish champions to do a deal.

That transfer could be of benefit for all parties and it seems that Leeds would be well served to renew their interest at the end of the season, if they still consider Stokes to be a valuable addition.

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