Leeds United are eyeing Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, according to the Yorkshire Post. 

Head Coach Steve Evans knows that Leeds must improve their firepower to compete for a play off place in the second tier and he may have found the answer in Stokes.

The Republic of Ireland international, 27, is wanted on loan by two former clubs, Hibernian and Inverness.

However, the Yorkshire Post believe that Leeds could make a late move to secure him on a loan deal. The striker has fallen out of favour at Celtic Park.

Stokes has been at Celtic since they signed him from Hibs for £1.2m in 2010.

He has scored 58 goals in 135 appearances for the Scottish giants and could be just the man Evans is looking for to increase his firepower.

Evans is also said to be keen on Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic, who is rated at £1m.

Leeds had shown interest in both Peter Crouch and Kyle Lafferty, but both players now look set to remain at their respective clubs.

Crouch has said he is committed to fighting for his place at Stoke, whereas Lafferty’s club Norwich are unwilling to allow the Northern Ireland star to leave on loan.

They have also just sold Lewis Grabban to Bournemouth, so may want to keep Lafferty around the squad for depth, as they are also set to lose Gary Hooper permanently to Championship play off contenders Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds are chasing a play off spot in the second tier and are on an eight match unbeaten run in all competitions. They are currently 13th, nine points off Ipswich in sixth.


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