Sunderland Hope to Win Race to Sign £7m Celtic Striker Gary Hooper

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Stadium of Light side look to Parkhead forward to strengthen Black Cats attack.

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Paolo Di Canio has set his sights on Celtic striker Gary Hooper and will hope to see off competition from Norwich City, Hull City and Southampton in the race for the £7m rated forward according to the Daily Mail.

The Black Cats could well do with strengthening an attack that managed just 41 goals in 38 Premier League matches this season and the Stadium of Light side may well feel that Hooper can replicate his SPL form in the English top tier.

The former Scunthorpe United striker has been a huge success since his move to Parkhead in July 2010, scoring 82 goals in 137 appearances and netting four in the Champions League last term, proving that Hooper can cut it at the highest level.

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon may have his work cut out for him trying to keep his best talents this summer with the likes of Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster also attracting attention.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is considering offloading Stephane Sessegnon, Danny Graham, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong Won and Craig Gardner and Seb Larsson are to set for talks about their future while Defender Phil Bardsley will certainly be sold after infuriating the Italian boss with his off-field antics.

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