Blackburn Rovers striker Anthony Stokes is unlikely to return to former club Hibernian this summer with neither club able to come to a financial agreement over the player’s contract at Ewood Park according to the Daily Record.

The 28-year-old Dublin born hotshot has endured a miserable time at the Lancashire club since joining Rovers from Celtic last summer with the player netting just three goals in 12 appearances for Tony Mowbray’s men.

Stokes’ former club Hibernian tried to re-sign the player in January but a deal could not be reached with Blackburn Rovers. Hibees boss Neil Lennon is thought to have made a further enquiry over the striker’s availability in the last few weeks however any deal now seems highly unlikely with Rovers being short of attacking options while they are unwilling to pay a significant amount to release the player from his contract.

The Irishman has enjoyed two spells at Easter Road with Stokes netting 24 goals in 48 appearances during a one-year spell with Hibernian between 2009 and 2010 while the player scored nine goals in 25 games for the club last season, helping Hibs to their first Scottish Cup success in 114 years.

Stokes is yet to prove himself in the English game with the player also struggling to make any impact with previous clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Sunderland.


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