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Ex Celtic hotshot Gary Hooper would be perfect for Leeds United's revolution

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Signing the prolific striker would ensure everyone starts taking the club's ambition a lot more seriously.

Former Celtic star Gary Hooper has been linked with a departure from Norwich by the Scunthorpe Telegraph, and if he is thinking of remaining in the Championship the former Scottish Premiership top scorer should have his sights set on one club in particular.

Leeds United are under major redevelopment his summer, with Uwe Rosler coming in as manager and plenty of players being linked to the Yorkshire giants, but someone of Hooper's stature would show everyone that Massimo Cellino really means business.

Having scored 82 times in 138 games at Parkhead, the striker would be an ideal role model for new signing Lee Erwin, the young Scottish forward who has just arrived from Motherwell. He would also be a superb alternative or partner for Mirko Antenucci, last season's top scorer with 10 goals, especially with doubts about the futures of many of Leeds' existing strikers.

Though Erwin has come in after impressing in scoring five and setting up six goals in his final 13 games of the season, there is no doubt that he would benefit from learning alongside someone who starred in Scottish football to the degree Hooper did.

The ex Bhoys forward managed a decent number of appearances under his belt for the Canaries this season, featuring 34 times as Alex Neil took Norwich into the Premier League, but only 16 of those matches were starts and of the last nine games in the league, including the play offs, Hooper started just once.

There is little to lead the 27-year-old to believe that he will get more football in the top flight, despite top scoring for Norwich the season before, so it is understandable that he has been linked with moves to the likes of Huddersfield and Bolton by the Telegraph, where he will be assured of regular first team football.

But a switch to ambitious Leeds would be a more appropriate signing for the forward, giving him the chance to be at club with a Premier League fan base, stadium and history, under a forward thinking manager like Uwe Rosler.

Elland Road great Gary McCallister this week said he wanted some big name signings for his old club, and Hooper could be someone that wouldn't just be a big name, but would also be in with a shot of firing the Whites into the promotion reckoning.

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