Leeds United target Anthony Stokes

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Leeds United are still looking to strengthen their striking options for next season, and will target Celtic forward Anthony Stokes if they fail to land Kevin Doyle from Wolves, according to the Daily Star.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott knows that Stokes, 24, is moving into the final 12 months of his contract at Parkhead, and has rejected a new deal with the SPL champions. 

Republic of Ireland international Stokes started his senior career with Arsenal before a move to Sunderland in 2007. Hibernian came calling in 2009 and after an extremely successful season, in which he scored 21 league goals, a move to Celtic beckoned. He has netted 47 times for the Hoops in 105 games.  

Stokes' fellow-Irishman Doyle, 29, has scored 27 league goals in 135 appearances for Wolves since his move from Reading in 2009, but following the club's second successive relegation, manager Kenny Jackett is thought to be keen on getting one of the club's highest earners off the wage bill.  

McDermott has already landed striker Matt Smith from Oldham this month on a free transfer. Smith starred for the club in their run to the last 16 of the FA Cup, scoring against Liverpool and Everton. 

The University of Manchester graduate, who was spotted playing for non-league Solihull Moors in 2011, turned down a new contract with the Latics and became a free agent when his contract expired. 


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