Bolton Wanderers are competing with Panathinaikos for the signing of Anthony Stokes according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old striker came through the Arsenal academy and has been a journeyman ever since. He has played for the likes of Sunderland, Celtic and Blackburn Rovers before returning for a second spell with Hibernian in 2017. However while he did well upon his return to Edinburgh, scoring seven goals in 18 league appearances, a falling out with their head coach Neil Lennon led to him being released before the end of the transfer window.
That means he is currently a free agent and so any team can buy him despite the fact the transfer window is closed. That has led to a lot of teams from countries such as China, Italy and Turkey being interested in signing him though only two teams have been named in this report. One of them is Panathinaikos who are one of the biggest teams to playing in Greece. But they are rivalled by a team from the Sky Bet Championship in the race to sign Stokes.
Bolton lost one of their key strikers on transfer deadline day when they sold Gary Madine to Cardiff City and they need a replacement to make sure they don’t end up getting relegated back to Sky Bet League One. And with Stokes being a free agent and showing that he’s capable of scoring this season, he could be a great replacement. This may only end up being a short-term deal but that could end up being ideal for both parties.