Loftus Road boss keen on Parkhead star.
Queens Park Rangers are casting covetous glances towards Celtic’s Gary Hooper as they seek to further strengthen their squad ahead of the transfer dealine.
The club’s takeover by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes has already brought about some big changes that have been well-received by supporters. Season ticket prices have been reduced with those who have already purchased them being given a refund while a new price structure for other tickets has been implemented with those under eight years old being allowed into Loftus Road for free. There has also been a statement of ambition with the signing of Joey Barton from Newcastle United on a four-year contract.
The signings are set to continue with Neil Warnock wanting up to five more players by Wednesday’s 11pm deadline with Hooper emerging as a target. The Englishman has made his name north of the border after a sensational debut campaign with the Bhoys. The 23-year-old was the team’s top scorer in the SPL last season with 20 and has already scored on 3 occasions this time term.
Last season Neil Warnock was very dependent on goals from the midfield, mainly from Moroccan Adel Taarabt and may feel that in the Premier League those goals may not be quite to frequent. Thus far this season QPR have netted one goal from three games, and also managed to register against Rochdale in the Carling Cup and a move to bring in striking reinforcements may be key to the club’s Premier League survival.
Gary Hooper has been a huge success in the SPL since his move from Scunthorpe United in July 2010, netting a healthy 23 goals from 30 starts, but perhaps the chance to shine in the Premier League would tempt the Essex born striker. QPR are apparently ready to offer £6m for the player who cost Celtic £2.4m and whilst Neil Lennon would be loathed to lose the marksman, would he stand in his way if he chose to pursue such a move?
Currently Warnock has to depend on experienced, if not prolific, strikers such as Heidar Helguson, Tommy Smith, Jay Bothroyd as well as new signing DJ Campbell, who did very well in the English top tier with Blackpool last term.