Stokes to sign for Addicks
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anthony Stokes has told <EM>Sky Sports News</EM> that he has agreed to join Charlton.
Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes has told Sky Sports News that he has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at Charlton.
The 18-year-old has spent the first part of the season on-loan at Falkirk, where he impressed greatly in scoring 18 goals.
This has not, though, stopped Arsene Wenger from sanctioning his departure and the player will now undergo a medical at The Valley on Sunday - before putting pen-to-paper.
News of Stokes' signing is sure to further increase speculation linking Darren Bent with an exit, as a host of clubs prepare bids for the striker.
In agreeing to move to Charlton Stokes spurned the opportunity to sign for Celtic, with Hoops manager Gordon Strachan having spoken of the player's decision.
"We'll always get good players," he told Sky Sports News.
"We'll give them a chance of European football, championships, winning cups and playing in front of 60,000 supporters.
"You're talking about playing for one of the best clubs in the world. If you don't want that - fine."