Stokes set for Black Cats switch
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal teenager Anthony Stokes looks set to join Sunderland on a season-long loan.
Highly-rated Arsenal teenager Anthony Stokes looks set to join Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.
The 18-year-old is being allowed to go out on loan to gain first-team experience in a lower league and is training with The Black Cats in a bid to win a move to the Stadium of Light.
Stokes, who can play either as a striker or attacking midfielder, has spent the last week on trial in the North East and has impressed a watching Niall Quinn (pictured).
The Dubliner is being hotly tipped for a big future in the game after huge interest in his services before he opted to join Arsenal in 2004.
Stokes made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup against Sunderland last season and Quinn is excited by his likely arrival at the club.
"He's a young kid who left Ireland in a blaze of glory as a young teenager," Quinn told the club's official website.
"A lot of clubs wanted him, he chose Arsenal and it has come to a point where Arsene Wenger is glad to let him come out and get some experience.
"We've wanted to have a look at him for a week before we committed but we've been impressed."