Carrow Road offer for striker turned down.
Norwich City have had a bid to sign Celtic striker Gary Hooper turned down and told he is not for sale.
Hooper has been one of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton’s key targets in the January transfer window as he looks to bring in more firepower to assist Grant Holt in attack, with Swansea City forward Danny Graham also the subject of interest.
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An offer upwards of £5million was lodged by Norwich, but Celtic manager Neil Lennon turned it down and hopes to persuade 24-year-old Hooper, who has 18 months of his contract to run, to sign a new deal with the Scottish Premier League club.
“The bid has been rejected,” said Lennon. “We had discussions with his representatives (on Friday morning) and we are waiting to hear back from them. We are in a good position. We don’t want to sell, we feel we have a lot to look forward to in the second half of the season. We don’t want any of our top players to go and Gary comes into that bracket.
“I’ve not spoken to him because I was with his representatives most of the morning. I’m sure they’ll have a discussion later on. Our case is simple – you are not going. He has a year and a half on his contract and he’s a Celtic player.”
It is a blow to Norwich, who also look set to miss out on the signing of Graham with Sunderland leading the race to sign the 27-year-old from Swansea City for £5million.