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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Stokes deal back on

Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes

Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok will this week make another effort to sign Irish striker Anthony Stokes.

Jagiellonia, challenging strongly for a first-ever Polish league title, have been tracking Stokes for some time now, though the club admitted last week that the player's wages would pose a problem in completing a deal.

Stokes is under contract with Blackburn until 2019 but the 28-year-old is out of favour at Ewood Park and has not even made the bench in recent games, before yesterday's FA Cup clash with Manchester United when he was introduced as a sub in the 77th minute.

Jagellonia were knocked off the top of the Polish league table with a defeat two weeks ago, following the resumption of the league after a winter break, but after a weekend 5-0 win they are now only one point off the top and still want to land Stokes.

"I speak regularly to the president about adding to the squad, but if we do sign a player, it will only be a player who can make us stronger," said Jagiellonia's coach Michal Probierz when asked about the Stokes deal.

The Polish transfer window remains open until tomorrow week and the club hope they can put the finance in place to allow them sign Stokes on loan for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, UCD star Ryan Swan could be in line for a move to England after reports of a bid from Exeter City re-emerged.

Swan (20) had previously trained with Exeter without a deal going through but he has been back with the League Two side in recent days and he could follow former team-mate Dylan Watts (Leicester) in moving cross-channel.

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