Ex Celtic star Hooper should be utilised in Norwich's Van Dijk bid

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Striker Gary Hooper was a goal machine in Scotland, is there any chance Norwich could use him to try and land Virgil van Dijk?

Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk is arguably one of Europe's most in demand players right now, with a whole host of Premier League clubs said to be chasing the Dutch defender, Norwich City being one according to the Chronicle.

Though it is unlikely the Bhoys would be open to letting their star man leave easily, if the 23-year-old pushes to move on, Celtic should be looking at ways that they can receive quality players as part of any deal.

Considering the number of sides interested in Van Dijk, that means the Scottish champions hold plenty of power regarding who they consider doing business with, especially as the former Groningen defender still has two years remaining on his contract.

This fact could mean that Norwich City are potentially right at the top of the list if they were to approach Celtic with a player plus cash offer.

There are few players that may be available that have contributed so much to the success of the Bhoys over the last few years than Gary Hooper, and yet, as the forward prepares to enter his third year with the Canaries, he hasn't managed to convince a succession of managers at Carrow Road.

Sunderland are another side that have been linked with a swap deal, with Steven Fletcher also said to be on the Scottish club's radar, but that possibility has drifted in recent days according to the Sunderland Echo, and it could mean the Black Cats missing out on the defender.

Still just 27-years-old, Celtic would be able to insist on the Hooper's inclusion in any Norwich approach for Van Dijk, and the player himself may well consider returning to Glasgow given the form he exhibited when he played there previously, where he scored a phenomenal 82 goals in 138 matches.

Hooper struggled to hold down a first-team role last season as Norwich gained promotion, and it is likely he will find things even tougher in a Premier League that is set to be a challenge for each of the sides that have come up from the Championship.

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