Norwich confident of landing Celtic striker Hooper

The Scottish champions resisted several bids from Chris Hughton's side in January but the Canaries will renew their attempts to sign the former Scunthorpe man this summer
By Greg Stobart

Norwich City will make a fresh move for Celtic star Gary Hooper and are confident of beating a host of Premier League rivals to the striker's signature this summer.

The Canaries had bids worth up to £8 million rejected for the 25-year-old in January but believe that they can land their man for as little as £4m before the new season.

Hooper has just one year remaining on his Celtic contract and has refused to sign a new deal as he eyes a return to England.

4/1 Norwich are 4/1 with BetVictor to sign Gary Hooper from Celtic this summer
Norwich have already signed Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon for a club-record £8.5m but manager Chris Hughton still wants Hooper to add more firepower to his strikeforce.

Hull City, Southampton and Sunderland have all been linked with summer bids for the Bhoys man but the player would prefer a switch to Carrow Road and is attracted by the prospect of linking up with Hughton.

Hooper changed his agent in February and a transfer to Norwich would allow the Essex-born forwward to return back to the South East.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has spoken of his desire to keep the striker with the SPL champions but the former Scunthorpe man wants a new challenge after scoring 31 goals in all competitions last season. Hooper also believes that a return to England would boost his chances of forcing his way in to Roy Hodgson's plans ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Celtic signed Hooper, who started his career in the Tottenham academy, for £2.5m in 2010 and he has gone on to score 82 goals in 137 appearances for the Scottish club.