Bairns start Stokes talks
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Falkirk have started talks with Arsenal in a bid to extend Anthony Stokes' loan.
Falkirk have started talks with Arsenal in a bid to extend Anthony Stokes' loan until the end of the season.
The teenage striker is currently tied to Falkirk until January and has impressed with the SPL club.
He has scored 10 goals in his past five appearances, including hat-tricks in last two league outings.
The 18-year-old also netted at Celtic in the CIS Insurance Cup on Tuesday and Falkirk are desperate to hang on to the forward for the rest of the season.
Bairns boss John Hughes has confirmed the club have been in touch with Arsenal and hopes the Premiership club will agree to Stokes staying at Falkirk Stadium.
"We're in discussions with Arsenal as we speak as we want to get this sorted out before the weekend," Hughes told the Daily Record.
"The vultures are starting to circle around Anthony and that's only to be expected because of the way the lad has been playing.
"But he is happy at Falkirk and we are happy to have him. Hopefully in the next couple of days we'll have an agreement with Arsenal for him to stay with us until the end of the season.
"If they say no because they want him back in London then that's where he will go.
"But if they are happy to let him go out on loan until the end of the season we would prefer for him to stay with us."