Birmingham and Bolton failed with late bids to land Celtic forward Anthony Stokes

HITC Sport understands that deals could not be done in time and that Stokes is now reluctant to look for a loan move.

Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers both failed with late bids to try and land Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the deadline day approaches.

Stokes has been told by Celtic boss Ronny Deila that he has not future at the club, and talks with a number of sides in England had taken place

Despite Stokes's impressive scoring record for Celtic, he had looked set to move on - but the Scottish Premiership champions could not agree terms on a transfer.

Ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon was desperate to take him to the Macron Stadium and bolster Bolton’s below par strike-force, but he saw a deal fail - whilst Birmingham manager Gary Rowett showed late interest, but again the transfer could not be sorted in time.

Stokes has now been linked with a loan move, but HITC Sport has been told that neither the player nor Celtic are very keen on a short-term agreement, meaning that he could now remain at Parkhead until January at least.

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