Celtic boss open to return of Norwich City striker Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper endured a frustrating season at Carrow Road. Gary Hooper endured a frustrating season at Carrow Road.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
4:19 PM

Could Norwich City striker Gary Hooper be on his way back to Celtic?

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Bhoys boss Neil Lennon appear to be a little more than interested - and it could be a sign of things to come over the next few months as the vultures cast their eyes over Norwich City’s squad.

Few City players have risen above the mediocre this season, but there will be no shortage of interest in those who might be considered ‘able to do a job’ for another club.

Hooper has started 22 Premier League games, made nine sub appearances and scored six goals – and while that is hardly sufficient to have the country’s top clubs fighting for his signature, Celtic might just prove to be an attractive proposition.

Lennon sold Hooper to Norwich last summer for £5.5m – and therein lies the stumbling block. If City did sell, they would want to recoup as much of that as possible, and Celtic might not be able to make the asking price,

Lennon’s priority signing is clear: “Centre-forward,” he said.

“Everyone is looking for one of them.

“I’d imagine the Hooper thing would rumble on but whether we could tempt him back or not I don’t know. 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.

“Whether we could do a deal he or the club would entertain, I don’t know. It would be nice to have him back, but I think we’ll be a long way off that I’d imagine.”

There will clearly be those among City’s squad who see themselves capable of performing at a higher standard in the top flight: goalkeeper John Ruddy is perhaps the best example. City resisted attempts by Chelsea to sign him – were they, or another big club, to come back again this summer, they might find it more difficult to keep hold of the England stopper.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been a major disappointment, having not scored since his debut on the opening day, and both he and the club may decide his future is elsewhere.

Andrew Surman is the highest profile player out on loan – he spent the season in the Championship with Bournemouth – and will need a question answered on his future.

Whoever takes over the hot-seat at Carrow Road needs to do a rebuilding job – but first he needs to know who stays and who goes.

33 comments

  • You`re not a Malky aficionado then, waclor? ;-) How about Kenny Jackett, the Saviour of Wolves? Or Nigel Clough, the man who pinched Derby`s top-scorer, Chris Martin, on a freebie prior to being usurped by the Wally with the Brolly, then went on to do a great job at Sheffield. Utd? I agree with you that, on the face of it, Malky is just another defensive type - but at least he is aggressively defensive! Poor Hughton was just a latter-day Caspar Milquetoast. Gave Hyacinth Bowkett no grief, I`d imagine. Oh, West Ham allegedly want rid of Fred Flintstone...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • what about tim sheerwood manger

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    Neville Saunders

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Malky Mackay was rubbish at Cardiff and that was why he was sacked. His defensive mindset almost made Hughton look like a risk taker. Talking of risks, how many millions of Tan's money did good 'ol Malky waste? Keep Neil and if you want to give Malky a job, put him on a turnstile.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow, I agree with you, club and fans etc need to stay together. I do quite like Neil Adams though, and hope he gets a real change to bring us straight back up. Championship will be a tough one next season, but we must be contenders, if we start well. OTBC!

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    Ghana Dom

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Winkel cannot have any sort of appetite. He looks more droopy than a dysphagiac donkey.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Forget the criticisms and the wise cracks. Its essential that the club and fans stick together. The clubs priority has got to be an immediate return to the PL. A new managerial appointment has got to happen next week so that whoever it is has the full 3-months to prepare (personally I'd be happy with Neil Adams). There are obviously some players who will want to jump ship, some who will have little motivation for a trip to Brentford or Huddersfield on a Tuesday night, and some whose natural character will mean they just get on with the job. A total overhaul of the squad would be a big mistake in my view. We need to keep as many of the current crop as possible, however Ruddy will obviously need a PL club if he is to maintain his contention in the England squad. RVW simply won't have the appetite and I doubt neither will Fer. Of the three here on loan, Yobo has looked good when he has played, and he may be worth hanging on to. Hooper I am sure would benefit from a season in the Championship and it might be time to bring Becchio in from the cold.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • OMG, the "D!ck" word again! I wonder if Speckled Richard is on the menu in the Archant Executive Dining Cubicle, aka "The Woolpack"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Mark D!ckerson, an "Insider" on another board is "99.9% certain" it will be Malky. Agree that Neil adams has a role to play. we may need to realise the potential of our youth resources - who better to do that than Neil? I hope he stays, whoever comes in as manager, though I doubt he`ll get the job himself this time around. Deafening silence from the Board and some EDP articles either anonymously `written` or blocked for reader comments. The heavy hand of Carra Rud dinner party "Insider & Director" Stefan (??).....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • The next manager should be Malky with Neil as his assistant.

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    Mark Dickerson

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, sounds to me like you are suffering? And to those arrogant City fans who believe it will be another easy 6 points, think again. ITFC's management has changed and stabilised nicely since the Canaries were last in Town...whereas City can look forward to a pre-season of clear out, uncertainty & change...

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Our board cannot cope with an ambitious manager - they have `previous` with Lambert. Hyacinth Bowkett found it far more `comfortable` with the patient, but terminally dim-witted, simpering wimpleton, Hughton. This time, the Boardsters need to take a hard look at themselves. Is it a cosy, private Dinner Party Club, or a professional Football Club? That ineffectual `manager` had more money to spend than any previous NCFC `boss`. King Midas in reverse. And a dullard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • It's all just a little bit of history repeating....

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    Cap Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • The most important signing we need to focus on is the manager. Getting the right man in will make all the difference. I really like Neil Adams, but given his lack of experience, I would hope he might accept an assistant manager job. We should bring in an ambitious forward looking manager, but this time, succession plan with our own assistant manager, not one brought in by the new bloke. I'd be happy with Neil Lennon, or Malky with Adams as assistant.

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    Double D

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • We should sell him. £1.2m per goal. Was he over 30 goals for Celtic last season? That should see a nice tidy profit.

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    Dan

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • 57 Charles who would you bring in? You cant just through that out there. Without a plan to replace them or are going into the realms of CH with no plan B. First where would you find somebody with money to buy DS and MWJ out and then find a CEO. Or are you an Ip***t fan hoping that we follow them into massive debt?

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • OLDYELLA with regard to Rip Van Winkel and Lowestoft. The version I heard was that they were paying City 150k to keep him at Norwich.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Let Hooper go back to the SPL. It is a one team league at the moment. Until Rangers are promoted. Even my Gran could score in the SPL

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Emmmmmmmmmmm keep Redmond and Snodgrass but flog the rest!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Cheer up lads - at least we can look forward to RVW doubling his goal tally next season in the Championship...

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Least we're Guaranteed 6 points next year, ha! Ha!

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • First things first - sack the board and give McNally his P45 and a carrier bag to clear his desk. Prepare for a freefall through The Championship to League One next season although I guess we're at least lucky that we own our own ground unlike our friends down the road...

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    57charles

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Heard a rumour this afternoon that Lowestoft want Rip van Winkle £150.000, I say sell him.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • get in 2-0 to the sunderland just gets better and better

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    haha ur going down

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • your going down your going down Norwich sh*ty are going down l m f a o

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    haha ur going down

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • A good thread. How many of the reports are press speculation? Players bound to leave and some may have gone if this season had been a better one, anyway. Ruddy, who has not got back to the high-level where he was pre-injury, likely to go but Declan Rudd can step up to the Championship. As can the Murphy's. Josh for one can shoot better than Redmond! Who, in the Premier League, really wants our under-performing players? Some may become squad players at other bottom half of PL teams.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Spot on JohnW & TrevorKeith . I personally love this time of the season, just a shame we are going down, unless Sunderland do not turn up. As i can see us beating Arsenal . We have a strong squad , but it has not gelled mr whooten.. OTBC !!..

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    randers63

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Unless we can recoup our money I would rather see Hooper stay, I would cut my loses with RVW and if Newcastle match our valuation of Fer I would also sell him. I cannot believe Soton would really want Howson unless they see him as a back up but I would also sell him. I hope we can hang on to Snodgrass though as he would be an asset with his effort and I would play him as an attacking central mid-fielder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I'm with John W on this and nobody has mentioned Garrido, Martin, Whittaker, Turner and Johnson. Whereas all of these could do a good job in the Championship, we do need to think of the future. Perhaps that is the key. Combine some of the old guard currently at the club with the best of last years youth squad. The great Brian Clough said you have to half a strong spine to the team: goalkeeper, central defender, midfield general and striker. I can see Ruddy or Rudd filling the first of these requirements but after that it doesn't look so good. However a year to develop may make a world of difference to the likes of Ryan Bennett and Johnny Howson. Where will the strikeforce come from I wonder?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I think we should tell Celtic where to get off as Hooper could be an asset in the Championship. After all he has scored goals wherever he has played except here in the EPL. The Scottish Premier is no better than the Championship if as good. Becchio also scored goals in the Championship. With Elliot Bennet, Redmond and the Murphys maybe the frontline would not be too bad. We have Surman to come back and a playmaker in Fox if we can keep hold of Howson, Olsson and add a few more who knows. If Ruddy goes Declan Rudd has had a good season at Preston and we still have Bunn. So OTBC upwards and onwards.

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    JohnW

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Ditto Steely. Of all the players you just listed Algarve there's only Ruddy + Snodgrass I'd really want to keep. The others can go. RVW I'll drive to the ferry myself if we get most of the 8 million back ( unlikely!).

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Unlike with previous relegations eg. 95 and 2005 there is hardly a player that I would not mind seeing the back of.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • You can see the rats rushing to leave the sinking ship cant you??!! Hoolahan wants out. Ruddy will probably go, Newcastle after Fer, Southampton interested in Howson,Celtic interested in Snodgrass and Hooper, RVW could be unloaded to Alkmaar in a cut price deal, Becchiho may have burnt his boats,and the loanees go back to their home clubs. Bassong rumoured to be on the way out.....so the only so called star possibly left is Redmond!! Hopefully not all these deals will happen.......but I wouldnt bet folding money on it!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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