Report: Leeds United move on from Kyle Lafferty, have eyes firmly on Anthony Stokes

Charlie Mulgrew And Anthony Stokes

The Celtic striker has struggled for first-team football in Glasgow this season.

Leeds United are now directing the majority of their efforts in the hunt for a striker in the direction of Celtic attacker Anthony Stokes, according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post today.

The Celtic forward is considered up for grabs at Parkhead after failing to win over Norwegian gaffer Ronny Deila this season in what has been a troublesome campaign for the player.

Steve Evans, a self-confessed Celtic fan, is said to be keen on ending the Republic of Ireland international's toils in Glasgow with a move to bring him back across the border. Stokes previously was a youth product at Arsenal and had a two year spell with Sunderland - which also saw him embark on loan spells at Crystal Palace and Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.

The report, which also claims interest from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian in the Irishman's signature, states that Leeds interest in Kyle Lafferty has come to nothing. His parent club Norwich City have sold Lewis Grabban back to Bournemouth and are prepared to let Gary Hooper join Sheffield Wednesday permanently - leaving the Northern Ireland international unavailable for transfer.

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