Released by Celtic, Anthony Stokes would be ideal free option for Forest

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

Nottingham Forest are reportedly among a host of clubs tracking ex-Celtic man Anthony Stokes.

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

As documented in a piece run by HITC, Nottingham Forest are among a host of clubs tracking striker Anthony Stokes after he was released by Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

The former Sunderland man spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, playing under the guidance of newly-appointed Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs.

He enjoyed a decent spell in Edinburgh, scoring nine goals in 25 games in all competitions including two during Hibs’ 3-2 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers at Hampden Park.

Stokes joined Celtic in 2010 and was once considered one of the best strikers in Scotland after hitting 20 goals during the Hoops’ title victory in the 2013-14 campaign, yet since then he has been out of favour.

HITC name Rotherham as one of the front-runners for his signature as Stubbs looks for a reunion with the striker, yet Forest should up the ante and look to get in there first.

Anthony Stokes (R) scores the second goal for Hibernian

The East Midlands club are rebuilding after exiting their imposed transfer ban following financial irregularities and the striker department is an area they must strengthen this summer.

Last season Forest were among the lowest scorers in the Championship and a bulk of their goals came via loan forwards Nelson Oliviera and Ryan Mendes who have since returned to their parent clubs.

The Tricky Trees seek promotion to the Premier League, but first they must consolidate themselves as play-off challengers once more and Stokes represents an ideal cheap partner for Britt Assombalonga.

In the likes of Jamie Ward, Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn, Forest do possess quality in the final third but having a target man in the mould of Stokes could help them piece them all together.

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