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Leeds United face competition in the race to sign Celtic striker

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Burnley are set to make a bid for Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, according to the Daily Star.

Stokes is attracting interest from a number of clubs

Stokes is attracting interest from a number of clubs 

Clarets boss Sean Dyche is to make a bid after it was confirmed that striker Ashley Barnes will be ruled out for a year through injury.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila had publicly stated that the striker is not for sale but he now may let Stokes leave this summer if the price is right.

Republic of Ireland striker was linked with a move to Bolton Wanderers in April, where former Hoops boss Neil Lennon is now manager.

Leeds United and Cardiff City were also rumoured to be interested in the former Sunderland player.

Stokes began his career at Arsenal before a successful loan spell at Falkirk lead to a £2 million move to Sunderland in January 2007.

But he scored just three times in 36 appearances for the Black Cats and after loan spells at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, he joined Hibernian in a £500,000 deal in August 2009.

After 22 goals in 40 appearances for Hibs, Lennon snapped Stokes up for Celtic in the summer of 2010 and he has gone on to score 58 times in 134 outings for the Glasgow giants.

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