Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that the club have rejected a bid from Norwich City for striker Gary Hooper.

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The Canaries were reported to have made a £5m bid for Hooper on Thursday, with Lennon revealing on Friday the offer had been turned down.

Lennon said: “There has been a bid. We are very disappointed it has been made public knowledge. We do our business as privately as possible.

“We don’t want any of our top players going, and Gary comes into that bracket.”

However, Lennon is bracing himself for a second bid from Chris Hughton.

“We had discussions with his representatives this morning and we are waiting to hear back from them.

“Our case is simple - you are not going. He has a year and a half on his contract and he’s a Celtic player.”

27 comments

  • Hooper does have a good haircut, maybe that's why he's so expensive. Personally I thought Morrison was quite effective last season (especially the first half) but I don't think the flack he was given helped his confidence at all. Maybe shaving his head again will help his form, it's worth a try when he's fit. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • The failure of care in the community is everywhere.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • If they dont sell him to us dont play them in freindlys again lets play rangers instead

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    pete22

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • At this time of the year, managers play games....players agents most certainly do. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Hoopers agent leaked this story. Canary girl is dead right when she says that we need to stretch things and bring in another quality striker. Relying on Holt, Morison and other fringe players to help us stagger over the line in May is just too big a risk

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • It's subtle but the claim will be that he answered a question about a definate bid rather than an interest

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Perm any one from three

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • He's up and about early this morning Boots. Perhaps Snotty kicked him out of bed because the hair on his palms was tickling her.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I agree with Liz Snott, £5m is a lot of money but not in comparison to the £66m town owe. Incidentally, you bought McGoldrick and he is a Division One player.

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    B Inners

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Can't somebody change this photo. It's hideous just as you sit down to tea.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Celtic just want more money 7 million ought to b enough then 6 million for graham then lets stay in prem leaque otbc

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    pete22

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I agree with Liz Snott, £5m is a lot of money but not in comparison to the £66m town owe. Incidentally, you bought McGoldrick and he is a Division One player.

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    B Inners

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Picture reminds me of Vinnie Jones in his heyday - you wouldn't want to meet him up a dark alley late at night would you!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • The rumour mill suggests that Celtic wont get anything like £5-6 M for Hooper next season as he will be in the last year of his contract, with a Bosnan looming. What's the betting we get him for £6M???

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Same entity, Crab. Hermaphrodite.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I like the picture, if he pulls that face to some EPL defenders they just might run away. come on lets be avin ya, stay at Celtic and you have one Champions league game then they will be out, come here and play against some of the best players in the world every week.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Can't someboby change this photo.....It's hideous just before you sit down to tea.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • If they dont sell him to us dont play them in freindlys again lets play rangers instead

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    pete22

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I am the Etherman. Always coincides with one of the Archant Plants being in evidence. Or two?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I agree with Canarygirl, if Norwich want to stay in the P then we have to pull out the stops on a special striker.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • This is the moment we need to step out in faith and begin to really splash out. If we are serious about staying in the PL then Hoots needs to go back with a bigger offer. If Graham and Hooper are the players he wants then McNally must back him and (sensibly of course) up the bid!! We cannot continue to rely on players from the lower leagues we need to be setting our sights much higher. I hope we get both; that will indeed show ambition and a strong future for the club! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Trevor, history tells us that Mr Mcnasty will deny eveything until the truth is out. So no suprise there.To get both would show the ambition we all hope the board has , to get neither Hooper or Ghraham would be .....

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Thank goodness for that!! £5m for what is essentially a Championship level striker is a quite ridiculous deal. The thought of having either Graham or Hooper up front for a Premier League club is laughable.We really need to be looking at a better calibre of striker than this. The two players most recently mentioned are hopeless, marginally better than what we've got, but still hopeless. COYY. Warm regards - Ged.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • £5m!! thats a lot of money for essentially a Championship level player. SPL is no great shakes.

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    Liz Knott

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I'd love to see GH & DG in Canaries shirts, I think they would add very positive attributes to the team. Aside from that, does this mean the possibility of playing with some attacking intent and two up front ? There's no way we could afford that much investment in bench warmers. Delia must have done well with some new recipes and books, things are beginning to look positive.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Can't someboby change this photo.....It's hideous just before you sit down to tea.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • So why deny the interest in a report of January 11th.Every man and his dog knows we are looking for another striker.Admitting an interest is no big thing.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • He's up and about early this morning Boots. Perhaps Snotty kicked him out of bed because the hair on his palms was tickling her.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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