Swoop in to steal player from QPR.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper was supposedly signing for Championship side Queen’s Park Rangers, who were believed to have agreed a £5 million fee for the 25-year-old on Wednesday. But news coming from Sky Sports this hour claims that Norwich have now agreed a fee and Hooper will have a medical with the club 0n Tuesday.
Even as recently as an hour ago QPR boss Harry Redknapp was quoted as saying “It looks like it’s on its way to being done. Negotiations have gone well.” No doubt Redknapp will feel slighted by this development.
Norwich have been after the player for some time though, having first seen numerous bids rejected during the January transfer window but now it seems they have got their man.
Former Celtic and Aston Villa player, Stiliyan Petrov will be pleased with the news though, as yesterday, whilst at Celtic Park to promote his special charity match in September he urged Hooper not to drop to the Championship:
When I went a lot of the fans asked me: ‘Why do you want to leave such a great club?’ I replied… that maybe I’d regret it but, ultimately, I was happy because I went to a league where the players were stronger and faster and I learned a lot there… Gary Hooper will learn a lot if he goes [to the Premier League]. He’d find it difficult but, with his ability, he could become one of the best strikers in that division… However, I would be surprised if he went to QPR and, in my opinion, I don’t think he should make that move. If he goes it should be to the Premier League – otherwise, he has a great environment here.