Report: Celtic lodge surprise bid to re-sign striker Gary Hooper, player wants return

Gary Hooper

Celtic are reportedly bidding to re-sign striker Gary Hooper.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic have asked Norwich City whether they can re-sign striker Gary Hooper on a season-long loan deal.

The Bhoys have already landed one striker this summer in Nadir Ciftci, but with Stefan Scepovic struggling to make an impact, manager Ronny Deila may want to bring in more attacking firepower.

Now, The Scottish Sun believe that Celtic have enquired about the possibility of re-signing Hooper, just two years after he left Glasgow for Norwich.

The 27-year-old striker spent three years at Celtic having arrived from Scunthorpe United in 2010, and with 82 goals in 134 games for the Bhoys, Hooper became a goal machine in Scotland.

A return to England eventually materialised for Hooper, but with 20 goals in 69 games for the Canaries, Hooper hasn't quite hit the heights of his Celtic days.

The report states that Celtic want to re-sign Hooper, and the player is keen on a return to Celtic Park as he bids to get his career back on track.

However, it's also stated that Norwich not only want Celtic to play 100% of his wages, but they also want a loan fee before letting Hooper leave - despite him being way down the pecking order under Alex Neil.

Hooper has the pace to trouble defenders on the shoulder of the last man, and his first spell at Celtic was nothing short of sensational. Whilst his time at Norwich hasn't been as successful, Hooper still has what it takes to be a prolific goalscorer - and it may take a return to Celtic to help him rekindle that goalscoring instinct.

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