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Last Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007, 15:00 GMT
Sunderland clinch 2m Stokes deal
Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes was a prolific goalscorer on loan at Falkirk
Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes has completed a 2m move to Sunderland, signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 18-year-old, who scored 16 goals in 18 games on loan at Falkirk this season, has opted to join Sunderland ahead of Charlton and Celtic.

"It's brilliant to be here. It's been hectic, sorting things out, and now I'm looking forward to training and playing," he told the club's website.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 star made one appearance for Arsenal.

He added: "I spoke to the boss, Roy Keane, about everything, he told me his hopes for the club and it helped make up my mind.

"I'm excited about the move to Sunderland."

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Sunderland boss Roy Keane said he was delighted to secure Stokes' signature.

"We've beaten off competition from a number of high-profile clubs for someone who is a good, young player who can hopefully help us in our push for promotion."



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