Report: Preston boss Simon Grayson plots another attempt to rescue Celtic's Anthony Stokes

Preston are reportedly interested in signing Celtic forward Anthony Stokes.

According to The Scottish Sun, Preston are hoping to sign Celtic forward Anthony Stokes in January, with manager Simon Grayson allegedly a big fan of the Irishman.

Stokes, 27, has been suspended for two weeks by Celtic for a series of tweets posted before the club's win over Inverness on Sunday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Previously a regular under Neil Lennon, Stokes has become an outcast under Ronny Deila, and their frayed relationship means that a January departure seems almost inevitable.

The Scottish Sun now report that Stokes could be handed a return to English football, with Preston North End allegedly keen to sign the ex-Arsenal and Sunderland man.

Grayson's men have been quiet in front of goal this season, and with Scottish forward Stevie May now suffering a long-term knee injury whilst Jermaine Beckford is also out on the sidelines, Stokes could be seen as a striking solution at Deepdale.

This would be Grayson's second attempt at signing Stokes, having failed with a bid to land him whilst managing Huddersfield, according to report from Sky Sports. With such a long-standing interest in the forward, it seems that Grayson would be willing to rescue Stokes from his Celtic nightmare in January as he looks for attacking firepower.

It's also stated that Celtic will consider a loan or permanent deal for Stokes, who still has 18 months left on his contract at Celtic Park, but Stokes is allegedly reportedly to take a pay cut when he does leave the club - which could be a problem for Preston, who are amongst the lowest spenders in the Championship.

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