Celtic consider Stokes bid
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic have held talks with Arsenal regarding a potential bid for Anthony Stokes.
Celtic have confirmed talks have been held with Arsenal regarding a potential bid for Anthony Stokes.
The striker is currently on loan at Falkirk, who are hoping to hang on to the Irish teenager until the end of the season.
But Falkirk could be gazumped by the SPL champions after Celtic's chief scout Ray Clarke revealed the club are nearing a decision on a bid for Stokes.
Gordon Strachan recently praised the 18-year-old prior to the CIS Insurance Cup meeting between the two sides in which Stokes scored.
And Strachan could now use the money from the January sale of Stephen Pearson to fund a bid for Stokes, who has netted 13 goals for Falkirk.
Clarke told the Daily Record: "What we said to them (Arsenal) was that we would watch Anthony Stokes on four or five occasions and then make our decision.
"To be fair to the lad, we've just about done that, and my understanding is we'll maybe have one more good look at him in action.
"Once the Champions League group campaign is over with next week's final match in Copenhagen, we'll sit down on all our activities and the manager will decide the way ahead."
Stokes told Sky Sports News on Thursday of his desire to use his time at Falkirk as a platform to break into the Arsenal side, but a permanent move to Celtic could prove tempting.