12 games, 0 goals - Leeds United striker target Anthony Stokes' previous Yorkshire stint

The Celtic man did not thrive on a loan deal with Sheffield United, amid links to Leeds.

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 this week.

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.

So how did his previous spell in Yorkshire pan out?

Stokes left Sunderland in October 2008 on a three-month loan deal from Sunderland. He arrived at Bramall Lane to do battle with James Beattie, Darius Henderson, Arturo Lupoli and Billy Sharp for first-team football at the club.

He failed to have an impact.

After just 12 games Stokes returned to the Stadium of Light with zero goals to his name.

If Leeds were to bring him back to Yorkshire they would certainly hope for better on this occasion.

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