Three Championship clubs reportedly interested in Celtic outcast Anthony Stokes

Cardiff City, Leeds United and Preston North End are all said to be keen after Bolton Wanderers dropped their pursuit.

Celtic recently handed out a strong punishment to striker Anthony Stokes after a Twitter outburst, with the forward suspended by the club for two weeks.

The Irishman tweeted after travelling with the squad to the game in Inverness to then be left out of the team for the game.

His foul-mouthed tweet was not a smart idea but was born out of understandable frustration.

Stokes has essentially been completely frozen out by Celtic manager Ronny Deila and has not played for the club since the 3-1 win against Dundee United in August.

Now Stokes is being linked with three Championship teams ahead of the January transfer window.

The Scotsman is reporting that Bolton Wanderers, managed by his former boss Neil Lennon, were favourites to sign the player - until they were handed a transfer embargo this week.

With that in mind Cardiff City, Leeds United and Preston North End are seemingly the frontrunners.

Cardiff currently have former Celtic striker Tony Watt on loan from Charlton, a deal that expires in mid-January.

Leeds United are known to be after a new striker. Kyle Lafferty has been mentioned but Leedsmay move on to somebody like Stokes should a move for the Norwich striker fail to materialise.

Preston meanwhile would happily take some more firepower in their pursuit of Championship safety.

Cardiff, Leeds and Preston would certainly give Stokes a good temporary home.

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