Celtic boss Deila confirms Stokes is set for loan move; could Leeds United benefit?

The Celtic manager has confirmed reported Leeds United target Anthony Stokes could leave this month.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been speaking about the short-term future of striker Anthony Stokes in an interview published by the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old has made just two appearances for Celtic’s first-team so far this season and he has not even made the match-day squad for the last nine league matches.

Now Deila has admitted that Stokes could be on his way this month, although he does see a future for the Irishman at Celtic Park.

“We think he will go on loan,” Deila told the Mail. “He has some options but together with Stokesy we haven’t decided what is the right one yet.

“A lot of clubs have been in contact who want to have Stokesy in their team.”

One of those could well be Leeds United, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting earlier this week that Stokes was now the Championship side’s first-choice striker target as a mooted move for Kyle Lafferty floundered.

Given that problems regarding a possible loan move, rather than a permanent deal, seemingly put an end to Leeds’ interest in Lafferty, the fact that Stokes is available on a temporary basis could see him sign up at Elland Road.

That said, manager and player are clearly weighing up all the options and it remains to be seen if Leeds come out on top…if they are even interested, of course.

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