Blades swoop for Stokes

Irish forward could make debut against Owls, live on Sky Sports 1

Stokes: Off to Bramall Lane

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Sheffield United have snapped up Sunderland forward Anthony Stokes on a three-month loan deal.

Stokes has struggled for first-team football at Sunderland this season and has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

He also came off the bench to score twice against Northampton Town last month to keep the Black Cats in the Carling Cup.

However, Sunderland boss Roy Keane recently admitted he was prepared to allow the Republic of Ireland international out on loan.

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The former Arsenal youngster has agreed to join the Blades and Bramall Lane chief Kevin Blackwell is happy with the deal.

"He will give us more options on the left-hand side, especially as we have got a few injury niggles," Blackwell told the club's official website.

"He has also played in the hole and gives us great cover right across the frontline."

Stokes could make his United debut in Sunday's derby, live on Sky Sports 1, against Sheffield Wednesday, who had also been linked with a bid for the 20-year-old.