Norwich City Step Up Interest In Celtic Striker Gary Hooper

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Celtic striker on way to Carrow Road?

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Norwich City are to step up their interest in Celtic striker Gary Hooper in a bid to solve the goalscoring problems at Carrow Road.

Chris Hughton’s side have struggled for goals without veteran forward Grant Holt this season and the Norwich manager made it his number one objective to bring in a striker after watching his side fail to find the net in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.

Norwich’s form has dipped since the festive programme and, according to the Guardian, Hughton has put Hooper to the top of his wanted list as he attempts to arrest the slide towards the Premier League relegation zone.

Hooper has never played in the Premier League having come through the lower leagues before firing Scunthorpe United into the Championship. It was his goals at Blandford Road that prompted Celtic to splash out £2.4million to sign Hooper in 2010.

He has been a huge hit in the Scottish Premier League with 69 goals in 115 games and is expected to command a fee in the region of £7million.

Sunderland were also strongly linked with a move for Hooper in the January transfer window although Swansea City’s Danny Graham remains the first choice and is a cheaper alternative at around £5million.

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