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Lennon says he'd buy Fletcher but it's all just pie in the sky

Neil Lennon would be interested if Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher (pictured) was offered to Celtic but insists there has been no contact between the two clubs.

Reports yesterday linked the Hoops with the 26-year-old Scotland international who is said to be available at around half the £12million he cost the Black Cats when he moved there from Wolves in 2012.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of the Scottish Premiership clash with St Mirren in Paisley tomorrow, when the Parkhead boss was asked if £6million was beyond Celtic, he replied: "No, but people are quoting £6million, but he (Fletcher) was bought for £12million. I would imagine it might not be £6million we are talking about. Could we afford to spend £6million for one player? Yes, we could."

Asked if there had been contact between the clubs, the Armagh man said: "No, not at all. It is speculation. I don't know why I am sitting here five minutes into my press conference answering questions on him." However, when asked if he would be interested if Fletcher was put to him, the former Celtic skipper said "yes".

Dubliner Anthony Stokes claims he is unconcerned about possible new signings, and indeed, insists increased competition for places only serves to spur players on. The Republic of Ireland striker, who has only scored once since early last October, said: "It doesn't concern me whatsoever. It is standard at the club. If competition comes in you have to up your game and that is good for the club.

"I am disappointed with my goal return this season but on the other hand, it is not like I am missing chances galore. I haven't had many chances in the games. We all need to buck up a bit and play a little better football."

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