ANOTHONY STOKES is edging closer to the Celtic exit – as CQN Magazine reported last month.
Championship side Burnley are eyeing the frozen-out Republic of Ireland frontman and aim to strike a deal that will take him to Turf Moor this month.
Stokes has fallen down the pecking order at the Hoops since the arrival of Turkish striker Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United in a £1.3million deal last month.
Leigh Griffiths, last season’s top goalscorer, and Stefan Scepovic are now ahead of the player who cost £1million when ex-boss Neil Lennon bought him from Hibs in 2010.
The 27-year-old appears to have no future at the club, but still has two seasons left on his contract.
Burnley gaffer Sean Dyche is an admirer of the former Arsenal and Sunderland striker and will try to recruit the player to help the club return to England’s top flight at the first attempt.
He first enquired about Stokes in the January transfer window when there was speculation Danny Ings was about to leave the Lancashire outfit.
Ings joined Liverpool in the summer and Dyche sees the Irishman as an ideal replacement.
Ronny Deila is also expected to add up to 3 new signings to his squad before the window closes.
The outcome of the Champions League qualifier against Malmo may have a direct bearing on which players are signed and indeed if others leave the club.