Town target Stokes

ARSENAL goal ace Anthony Stokes has emerged as another possible strike target for Ipswich Town.The Blues are understood to have made a bid to take the 18-year-old on loan from the Gunners now that he has been recalled from his successful 16 goals in 16 games stint at Falkirk.

By Derek Davis

ARSENAL goal ace Anthony Stokes has emerged as another possible strike target for Ipswich Town.

The Blues are understood to have made a bid to take the 18-year-old on loan from the Gunners now that he has been recalled from his successful 16 goals in 16 games stint at Falkirk.

Although Celtic, Charlton and Sunderland are keen to buy the scoring sensation, Arsene Wenger would be happier for him to continue his footballing education on loan, with Ipswich among a host of Championship clubs hoping it is them the player chooses.

The Republic of Ireland international, pictured, was among the Irish Examiner Young Sports Award winners the year before Ipswich's Billy Clarke.

Although the Town boss would not deny the Stokes inquiry last night, he has moved to dismiss reports linking the Blues with Birmingham midfielder Neil Kilkenny and a bid for Rotherham striker Will Hoskins.

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Magilton said: “I have heard about the reports that we have contacted Rotherham with a bid for Hoskins but it's nonsense. He is a player that we are aware of but it has gone no further than that.

“It is the same with Kilkenny. There is nothing in that story at all.”

Instead of getting new players in Magilton is faced with trying to move out a batch of players who have returned from their loan spells and those who are not featuring in his squad.

Although Coventry City are keen on Darren Currie, Town are now asking a transfer fee and the midfielder has returned to Portman Road and will train with the Blues today.

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