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Friday 17 November 2017

Anthony Stokes could be back playing in the Champions League next season

Anthony Stokes could be on his way back to Hibs
Anthony Stokes could be on his way back to Hibs
Anthony Stokes of Hibernian lifts the silverware following the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Anthony Stokes could be in line for a move to Poland - with a possible slot in the Champions League for next season - after a troubled spell in the career of the Ireland international.

But while Polish league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystok are interested in the Dubliner, and can still sign players as their transfer window only closes at the end of this month, Stokes would have to take a massive paycut for the move to go through.

Stokes (28) signed a three-year deal with Blackburn only last summer but the season has been a disaster for the club, who are second from bottom in the Championship, and for Stokes as he has only started two league games.

Jagiellonia, the surprise table-toppers in Poland, are keen to add to their squad to continue a push for a first-ever league title and after a move for Cillian Sheridan fell through, they have made Stokes a target.

But their pay structure, where top players earn at most €5,000 per week, would force Stokes to take a massive financial hit.

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