Cardiff City target Celtic attacker Anthony Stokes

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CARDIFF City are reportedly attempting to prize Anthony Stokes away from Celtic with a £1.5 million offer.

The Welsh club are currently ninth in the English Championship having struggled to adapt to life in the second tier, and manager Russell Slade admitted at the weekend that they are interested in trying to improve the squad in January.

The forward has mainly featured on the left-wing for Celtic this season. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The forward has mainly featured on the left-wing for Celtic this season. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Stokes, who scored the winning goal against Motherwell on Saturday, has been the preferred option out left for Ronny Deila in the new manager’s 4-2-3-1 system.

He’s netted seven goals so far this season and with a contract not due to expire until the summer of 2016, it’ll be up to Celtic whether they want to relinquish the player.

It is understood the Glasgow club value the player higher than Cardiff’s potential offer, with Celtic wanting upwards of £2 million for the 26-year old.

Stokes began his career in English football with Arsenal. He never made the breakthrough with the Gunners, and spent a further three years struggling at Sunderland before resurrecting his career with Hibs.

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