What does the Ricky Van Wolfswinkel move mean for Gary Hooper's future?

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Norwich City have snapped up the Dutch international from Sporting Lisbon as of next season. But it now leaves the Celtic man fair game for other interested parties. Could Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Southampton and QPR follow up reported interest in the former Tottenham youngster?

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has already become the first big transfer way ahead of the summer after Norwich City decided to jump the gun slightly and make an early bid to snap up the Dutch international from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

The fee is said to be in the region of £7-8 million and sees the 24-year-old, who has previously been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle United, arrive at Carrow Road on July 1st.

It is good business from Norwich City to make a move for such a talent early before the scramble of the transfer window reignites. Usually approaches outside of the transfer window fall on largely deaf ears but with the Portuguese side struggling in the league and also facing financial crisis they would have been looking to prove sources of income ahead of the summer months and this goes some way towards sealing such solidity.

The move has certainly pleased one of Norwich’s most famous fans as Stephen Fry announced his joy with the move … and at the Dutchman’s ‘fine name’.

But what does it mean for another striker perhaps hoping to continue his career in the Premier League?

In January Norwich were very keen to bring in a couple of strikers with a rumoured interest in Van Wolfswinkel apparently stemming from the winter transfer window. However Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara were brought in while they missed out in the battle to sign Danny Graham.

The other player they missed out on was Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

Norwich made a reported FOUR bids for the Englishmen on transfer deadline day; all of which were rejected by the SPL champions.

With Norwich now seemingly stocked up on strikers for the 2013-14 season it would surely make Hooper fair game for any other interested parties.

Everton, Newcastle United, Southampton, Liverpool and QPR have all previously been mentioned in holding an interest in the potent striker and if he genuinely believes there is a chance of making the England squad in his career he may want to consider a move to the Premier League in order to do so.

With Celtic reportedly lining up Kevin Doyle of Wolves as a replacement for the 25-year-old former Tottenham youth teamer they may be ready to allow him to continue his footballing progression back in his native England.

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