Neil Lennon’s comments this last week have signalled to English clubs a “come and get him” plea for Gary Hooper.
With the player soon to be into the last year of his contract and having already turned down an extension at Celtic, this may cause a smash-and-grab raid to bring him back south of the border.
Hull, Norwich and Q.P.R. have all registered bids lately, with Q.P.R. Supposedly putting in an improved offer for Hooper, trying to win the race for his signature.
Hooper though, has in recent days still talked about another Champion’s League campaign, with Celtic making it to the last 16, last season.
Even though he scored 31 goals last term for Celtic, he may have already lost one of his suitors, Hull City’s Steve Bruce has said he does not see the club improving on their £4.5m bid from June and after the failed medical of their number one target Charlie Austin, he has stated he will be looking elsewhere.
Norwich, who had a bid turned down in January as well, have sold talisman Grant Holt but have purchased the likes of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer in a six man shopping spree and an improved bid may be too high for Norfolk’s finest.
Q.P.R’s Harry Redknapp has performed some amazing deals in his time as a manager, but will tempting a Champion’s League player to the Championship be a step to far for even him?
Whether Hooper becomes a Canary, swaps one set of hoops for another or someone else grabs the 25 year old, one thing is certain, answering the call from Lennon might be a club’s best bit of business they do this Summer.
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