Stokes signs loan deal at Hibernian
Hibernian have signed Anthony Stokes from Celtic in a loan deal which may show some greater ambition by the Edinburgh club to break its tight wage policy.
Stokes, who was seeking a move to England, is thought to have been offered about £3,000 a week at Easter Road against his normal expectation of £5,000.
The figures are unconfirmed but if this proves to be the case then it suggests he may have received fewer offers than he was hoping, or else he has persuaded Hibs to make his return to the club until the end of the season worthwhile, at least from a monetary point of view.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United were also hoping to secure the services of the 27-year-old, and he has received approaches from three English Championship clubs – Charlton Athletic, Milton Keynes Dons and Rotherham United.
His frustration at the lack of first team opportunities at Parkhead have led to clashes with the manager. He caused a furore after he objected to being forced to sit out a Celtic match at Inverness. Afterwards he tweeted: “Who gives a f**k about wages when your (sic) not playing games! It’s all about playing and contributing not picking up a wage.”