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STOKES POISED FOR MOVE

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ANTHONY STOKES could be heading for the Celtic exit in the summer as Ronny Deila prepares to fund Champions League reinforcements.

The Republic of Ireland striker is a target for MLS side Colorado Rapids and Leeds United after fading from the picture at Parkhead. Former gaffer Neil Lennon has also been linked with a move to take him to Bolton.
Stokes believes his Hoops days are numbered after failing to feature in Friday’s 0-0 draw at St Johnstone, where a number of fringe players, including keeper Lukasz Zaluska and young left-back Kieran Tierney, started.

Despite a return to full fitness, Stokes has not started a first-team game for the champions since a 2-0 win over St Mirren at the beginning of April.

The frontman joined from Hibs in August 2010 in a £1million deal, scoring 72 goals and earning a place in Martin O’Neill’s Irish squad to face Scotland next month.

Celtic are seeking a fee in excess of £2million for a player linked with Leeds and Cardiff in January.

The Elland Road club also have an interest in Leigh Griffiths. An anticipated end-of-season bid of £1million will fall well short of Deila’s valuation of a player with 19 goals in 40 appearances this season.
 
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