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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on Celtic striker Gary Hooper, who now appears to be closing in on a move to Norwich City, Sky Sports reports.
Earlier this week Redknapp had thought that he had the former Scunthorpe striker’s signature in the bag after the Hoops had an offer accepted by the SPL champions. However, their failure to put the finishing touches on the player’s personal terms meant that fellow long-term admirers Norwich City were able to swoop in and wrap up a deal for him instead.
Norwich had seen a bid for the former Scunthorpe man rejected by Celtic in the January transfer window, but saw their offer of around £5.5 million accepted this time around. Hooper is now believed to have passed a medical at Carrow Road and will now sign a four-year deal with the club.
But Redknapp wasn’t able to hide his disappointment at missing out on the 25-year-old, and labelled is as a ‘huge setback’.
“It’s very disappointing because I felt there was a deal to be done there but maybe this is a lesson learnt for us,” said Redknapp in the Daily Telegraph.
“You have to get transfers like this done quickly. If you take your time you are always open to the risk of somebody else coming in and that seems to be what’s happened with Gary Hooper.
“It’s definitely a huge setback for us because I thought he would have been a fantastic signing for us.”