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Tottenham Enter Race To Sign Celtic Striker Gary Hooper

Celtic striker wanted at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham have entered the race to sign Gary Hooper from Celtic after Andre Villas-Boas manager ran the rule over the striker at Parkhead on Tuesday evening.

The Daily Telegraph report that Villas-Boas was in the crowd at Celtic’s clash with Dundee United to personally watch Hooper, who has turned down a new contract offer from the Scottish Premier League champions.

Tottenham are on the lookout for new striking options with Jermain Defoe the only forward available to Villas-Boas with Emmanuel Adebayor away on international with Togo at the African Nations Cup.

And 24-year-old Hooper is under consideration following his failure to commit to a new contract at Celtic, joining Seville’s Alvaro Negredo and Brazilian Leandro Damiao as strikers who could head to north London in the transfer window.

Norwich City are keen to sign Hooper to cure their own striking problems, but have had two bids turned down for the former Scunthorpe man. The second offer – believed to be around £5million – is way short of Celtic’s valuation according to manager Neil Lennon.

“The second offer from Norwich wasn’t that much bigger than the first offer,” Lennon said. “It was nowhere near £6 million. It was completely rejected and even if it [had been] £6 million it would be completely rejected.”

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