Celtic in the hunt for Hooper as Norwich star plots exit

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The Bhoys could be back in for former fan favourite Gary Hooper, amid reports suggesting the striker is seeking a move away from Norwich City.

Celtic have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Norwich City striker Gary Hooper, after rumours surfaced linking the forward with a move away from Carrow Road.

A report published by the Daily Mail indicates that the 26-year-old has informed the Canaries of his wish to depart the club just one season after signing from the Bhoys in a deal worth £5 million.

Hooper struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, scoring just six times in 32 appearances in the division, as Norwich City suffered relegation back to the Championship.

The former Scunthorpe striker’s barren run in front of goal is likely to put off any other potential top-flight suitors though, with Queens Park Rangers among the only clubs being linked with the forward.

That could pave the way for a return to Celtic Park and the club where Hooper made his name, scoring 82 goals in 138 appearances for the Hoops.

The Bhoys are definitely in the market for a striker this summer, following the departure of Georgios Samaras on a free transfer and the club have made no secret of their eagerness to bring the forward back to Parkhead.

Last month recently departed manager Neil Lennon admitted that Celtic would welcome the return of Hooper though he was quick to admit that, at that time, it was unclear as to whether the forward would be available or open to the move.

"I don’t like talking about a player who’s under contract at another club. But we think very highly of Gary put it that way," he said.

"Whether we could do a deal he or the club would entertain, I don’t know."

The Northern Irishman has left the club himself since, but the comments certainly suggest that Celtic still think very highly of Hooper and could well be open to a deal – provided it is for the right price.

Lennon may have left Celtic but another familiar face could be returning soon.

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