Report: Championship side given boost in their reported pursuit of Anthony Stokes as Celtic would prefer striker to move to England

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Hibernian, Inverness and Dundee United are also interested in a move for the forward.

Leeds have received something of a boost in their reported pursuit of Celtic's Anthony Stokes, after The Scottish Sun reported that the Premiership champions would prefer the striker to move on loan to England despite interest from several Scottish sides. 

Inverness, Dundee United and Championship side Hibernian - who are also Stokes' former club - are all interested in a move for the 27-year-old (via The Scottish Sun), who has found opportunities very difficult to come by this season, making just two appearances for the Hoops in all competitions. 

However, The Scottish Sun reports that while it is ultimately Stokes' decision as to where he spends the rest of the season, Celtic would prefer him to move south of the border as he is more likely to find a club willing to subsidise the entirety of £8,000 a week wages, which perhaps leaves the door open for the Yorkshire side to swoop in.

HITC Sport reported earlier in the month that Steve Evans' men were interested in the former Sunderland man, and news that Celtic would prefer to see him move to England may just tempt the Whites into making a serious offer.

With Stokes proving himself as a reliable goalscorer in Scotland, Evans may be hoping that signing the forward will propel United back into the play-off picture after Tuesday's defeat to Ipswich left them well adrift of the top six. 

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