Lennon admits bid to reunite with Celtic forward Anthony Stokes, Bhoys rejected move

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Neil Lennon claims Bolton failed in a move to sign Anthony Stokes from Celtic.

Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun that he did try to sign Anthony Stokes from Celtic last week - but the Bhoys blocked their move.

Lennon has endured a tough summer at Bolton, as with very little to spend at the Macron Stadium, he has had to rely on free transfers such as Francesco Pisano, Jose Casado, Stephen Dobbie and Gary Madine, or loans like Wellington Silva and Prince Gouano.

The ex-Celtic boss continues to battle on during the tough circumstances, and has now even admitted that he tried to swoop on his former club for Stokes.

Stokes, 27, has fallen out of favour under Celtic manager Ronny Deila, but it seems that the Irishman could be back in the plans at Celtic Park.

Deila allowed fellow striker Stefan Scepovic to leave the club for Getafe, and Lennon has confirmed to The Scottish Sun that Celtic snubbed Bolton's move for Stokes - no doubt because of Scepovic's departure threatening to leave them short of options in attack.

"We made an enquiry for Anthony but the club weren’t prepared to let him out," said Lennon. "We want to bring in one more striker and Anthony was one we looked at, but we couldn’t get it done," he added.

Scepovic's season-long loan move to Getafe now opens the door for Stokes to stake his claim again, after a tough 2015 under Deila which has not only seen him wedged out on the left hand side, but often dropped from the side completely.

A move to reunite with his former Bhoys manager Lennon, who featured Stokes regularly, would have been ideal - but now he has one last chance to impress Deila this season.

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