Hull and Middlesbrough joint bookies' favourites to sign Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper

Meanwhile, Celtic's odds have also shortened to re-sign their former striker.

Hull City and Middlesbrough are the bookies' favourites to sign Norwich City striker Gary Hooper, according to sports betting website Oddschecker.

The 27-year-old forward has been linked with a Norwich exit recently and the Championship appears to be his most likely destination - if the odds are to be believed.

Indeed, Hull lead the way at a price as low as 4/1, with Steve Bruce's side naturally looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Middlesbrough, though, can be found at the same odds as the Tigers, with Aitor Karanka's men also heavily fancied as promotion contenders.

But Oddschecker price a Celtic return at 8/1, with odds shortening of Hooper going back to the Bhoys. Reports cited by BBC Sport recently linked the 27-year-old with a move back to Celtic and, as such, Ronny Deila's men can't be ruled out.

Any potential Celtic move for a new striker could hinge on their ability to qualify for the Champions League group stages - they are in action against Malmo in the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday night.

It is Hull City and Middlesbrough that lead the way for Hooper, though, who netted 12 goals for Norwich in all competitions last season, including one hat-trick. Other competition is also fierce, with a number of sides on the bookies' list.

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