Report: Neil Lennon fails in last-gasp bid to sign Celtic misfit Anthony Stokes

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Bolton Wanderers have reportedly failed in a bid to sign Celtic forward Anthony Stokes.

According to The Scottish Sun, Bolton Wanderers have failed in a deadline day bid to sign out-of-favour Celtic forward Anthony Stokes.

Stokes is certainly out of favour under Ronny Deila at Celtic Park, despite having scored 76 goals in 192 games for the Bhoys.

With fellow forward Stefan Scepovic leaving Glasgow to join Getafe on loan, many had expected Stokes to follow suit and complete a move away from Celtic before tonight's transfer deadline.

Now behind Nadir Ciftci and Leigh Griffiths in attack as well as Gary Mackay-Steven, Kris Commons and Stuart Armstrong out wide, it's clear that Stokes isn't in Deila's immediate plans - but he may now end up staying with the club.

The Scottish Sun report that Bolton Wanderers - managed by Stokes' former Celtic boss Neil Lennon - have made contact with Deila's men about a deal for the Republic of Ireland international.

However, the move has failed as Lennon has been scared off by Celtic's asking price for Stokes, and the 27-year-old could now stay with Celtic until January.

That may prevent the Bhoys from bringing in a striker themselves, with the Daily Mail reporting that Deila had been pursuing Steven Fletcher and Andrej Kramaric, from Sunderland and Leicester City respectively.

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