Opinion: Is it time for Norwich City to cash in on Gary Hooper?

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has been touted with a summer move to QPR. Picture: Denise Bradley. Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has been touted with a summer move to QPR. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Monday, July 7, 2014
11:29 AM

Norwich City were made an offer they simply could not refuse for Robert Snodgrass. They might face the same dilemma again between now and the end of the summer transfer window.

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Gary Hooper is the latest Canary to grab a few column inches over recent days with the Mirror claiming QPR boss Harry Redknapp is keen to revive his interest after Hooper spurned Rangers’ advances 12 months ago to seal his dream Premier League move.

Then the west Londoners had slipped out of the top flight and faced the arduous terrain of the Championship. The role reversal leaves City unable to offer Hooper or Ricky van Wolfswinkel or Seb Bassong for that matter the same platform they failed to shine on last season.

Norwich is under no financial pressure to sell; nor is there the same contractual leverage that tipped the balance in Snodgrass’ favour. Hooper was content to pledge his future to these parts until 2016. The 26-year-old will only leave on the Canaries’ terms should QPR or any other potential suitor emerge from the shadows for the former Celtic hitman, van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer and the rest.

Financial considerations are just one facet. Neil Adams must assess the football dimension. Do Norwich’s chances of an instant Premier League return improve with Hooper on the payroll or not? Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty have bolstered a forward line that failed to fire under his predecessor. City have also missed out on Coventry’s Callum Wilson but there will be others who arrive.

Hooper mustered eight goals in 34 appearances during his first season at Carrow Road; a figure skewered by a productive pre-Christmas spell. Injury stunted his early progress and Norwich’s downward spiral limited his effectiveness and his exposure in the final throes, but the 26-year-old has been a prolific threat at all his previous career postings.

Given Adams’ pledge to not only address personnel issues but unleash City’s latent attacking potential Hooper could be an effective spearhead in a division where he scored 19 goals with Scunthorpe back in 2009/10.

Hooper and Ajax forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson have been mentioned in despatches as Redknapp tries to equip Rangers for top flight survival. Adams had to knock back speculation Hooper favoured a Canaries’ exit earlier in the summer. City’s boss has made it clear in recent times departures are inevitable, with those on the periphery of his plans unlikely to settle for a minor role in the club’s fightback.

Norwich’s manager and newly-constructed football executive board will have decisions to make and enquiries to field, but you can expect them to stick to the Snodgrass principle.

53 comments

  • On the subject of strikers, I see Bobby Zamora is out of contract and is yet to sign a new contract at QPR. Do any of you think he would be a good addition to the squad?

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    nickp

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • McCormack 11 million,Hooper got to be worth 9 million?At least leeds can pay their players wages now,and their fans not so disappointed that another one of their star players has not joined their feeder club!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Would like to see Hooper stick with us as think he'll score quite a few under Adams in the Championship. Not so convinced he'll find what he's looking for at QPR; who will be on the back foot and battling survival from the off.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • sorry for spelling hit the wrone keys . 3 or 4 could leave .

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • As i said before Snodgrass will not be tyne only player to leave city there could be 34 more that could move on.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Players are as only good as the manager,last season the !!!!! took all the confidence out of the players and instilled a thought "we must not lose" rather than we will win.He destroyed the believe in fans and players alike that we are simply the best.That era has gone,stop moaning about players,get your positive heads on and lets get back to the promised land with players who want to play for our great club and let Neil Adams show us the way.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • If Algarve Canary suspicions should prove correct and the Hooper story is a 'plant' the only way his departure would be acceptable is not by counting solely on those already recruited but taking £10m from the combined fee of |Snodgrass & Hooper and getting a top prospect with a really proven goalscoring record. Of course the one thing we do not know is if Hooper is thinking short term, not long, and wants away

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    mardler

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • .....So what has that to do with Hooper?..and RvWW?....They may both come alive with the absence of Snodgrass, and the return of Hoolahan!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • .....tonyb!...I am a Hoolahan fan!...In my opinion he is way above the level of anyone else at the club!...He tries to make the team work together ..creating openings that others can't, and in doing so with players trying to come up to his standard is bound to see it go wrong sometimes!...What did he do last season you ask?...I seem to remember him NOT celebrating after he had scored!...It was clear to me that he and Snodgrass were not the best of buddies on the pitch ..and we all know who the managers favourite was!....Snodgrass has left now..thank goodness!...and common sense can return!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I get what your saying Waclor etc, and ive agreed and said for months that IMO I can only see RVW leaving on loan as nobody will be prepared to take a punt at the money we will want for him. Even if they can ignore the obvious 1 goal talk and focus on why he only scored 1 (Hughton and his god awful theory on how to play football). However even if he goes onloan for a season, way to many NCFC fans wont let him forget the 1 goal season like a broken record. IMO his only chance of an NCFC future is first winning Adams over and then proving the fans (and the entire UK) wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I can't see the logic of loaning out RvW to some Dutch team for a season then IF we get promoted he comes back to be heralded as the great hope and "Norwich's record signing". I think we've been there before haven't we? If he wants to prove himself, he should do it at Carrow Road et al next season when he can score 30 goals and become the fans' favourite. Hooper is similar but we are more likely to get a reasonable fee for him. If so and he wants to go, let him go.

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    waclor

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • wish some fans would get real.you don't bring in two strikers without getting rid of some and what did hoolahan do worthwhile last season on the pitch when given the chance?players move on to further their careers or improve their bank balances,no loyalty anymore.

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I may be an old cynic , but I suspect that this story has been planted in preparation for Hoopers sale. As a means of softening up and preparing the contributors to this forum for the upcoming deal. The price? Well he has a long contract.... We don't need to sell... He cost £5.5M....so 7 or 8 mill? Why do yo think we bought the 2 new strikers if this sale wasn't on the cards??

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • 'Cash in' that's a laugh, he might be worth a bob or two but he didn't prove it in the Prem. I wasn't a CH fan but despite the tactics a player should still show signs of his quality and Hooper hasn't done that yet. If we can afford it, keep them all and see what's the best combination, and then put some out on loan and get a decent price at Christmas. Neil still has to prove himself but he has the best opportunity of any manager that we've had in recent years.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • It still believe the stickers on Hooper and RVW and feel that the Titanic management of the whole team last season contributed to their shortcomings. I would rather see them stay and finally live up to those stickers but the solution proposed by i8allthepies (great name BTW) made me think. We are getting in guys who have proved themselves at the level we are looking at and if last season was a blip not a trend, we can find out and recall the loanees when we get promoted straight back up. However, let's not get too far ahead, it's not that long ago we were renting players from Premier League Wolves and kicking Hull's backs*de. Now we face a newly promoted Wolves and lost our player of the season to Hull and their bonus system being investigated by the Inland Revenue.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hooper is a good Championship player and that is his level, so keep him unless an offer comes in which cannot be refused.Everyone has a price.As for RVW I find it incredible that there are Knowledgeable people on this site who still think he is worth keeping.Where is the evidence? Despite Hughton, he still had plenty of opportunities last season to show if he had the talent and the bottle to cut it in English football.When he had the chance he didn't run at defenders and missed simple opportunities to score.Worse than that his attitude was a disgrace to the shirt.If he goes,I won't be the only one sinking extra pints at my Local.

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    irongloves

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • No Way! Hooper is going to be needed this season, He might even get the quantity of games that his purchase price demands. Same applies to the Wolf.

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    Hants Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Tony B, are you Jordan Rhodes' agent? It's very simple. We have enough proven goalscorers at Championship level at the club already to win two titles. The issue, as with last season will be providing for the strikers. The options are good. You've got the wingers who can ping in crosses if you play Lafferty for example or even Becchio, or Hoolahan, (who I feel we must keep as there are not many players of his type around and is clearly gifted as Ireland have finally noticed) to play those clever balls, which Hooper, Grabban, RVW, will thrive on. I don't think it's a coincidence that we scored so few and Hoolahan played so little. If a player wants to leave, which people will jump on, then let them go but if they stay, forget the past and let the lads play. OTBC.

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    AJ07.

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I hope we can get close to our money back for him, but agree it is time for at least one of last season's strikers to leave, He is not going to be happy with limited starts, or being pulled often, as are the other strikers we have. We need a couple to be grabbing goals regularly (a la Sturridge and "Biter") and some capable back-up for injuries etc. who will be happy with limited playing time, and can perform if needed in the Championship. We need balance across the squad, and do not need to bring about dis-harmony through over competitiveness.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hot news straight from Nally's waste paper bin. Hooper on loan to QPR with option for them to buy him if we don't get back up at first time of asking. The Wolf on loan to one of two dutch outfits, same deal to buy if we don't get promoted. If we get back up we're going to want Premier League experienced players so why sell them now if we need them in 12 months time. A change of scenery will do the pair of them good for their confidence and morale. As I said this is straight from Nally's waste paper bin so it could be complete rubbish!

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    i8allthepies

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • there wont be six strikers at the club,Hooper sold,and two possibly out on loan,that leaves three with one to come in makes four!Both Grabban and Lafferty can play wide also.Rhodes is a natural goalscorer and will get at least 20 per season,cant say that about hoops yet and doubt we will!

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • No. If we already have money to spend on the other parts of the team that need it, and Adams sees him as part of his plans, then no it makes no sense to sell if we are serious about promotion. If someone makes a really crazy offer then that's different, but don't see it happening in this case. If Hooper wants to play in the prem then he needs to get there by doing a job for us this season. Something I think is quite achievable for him at this level if the team is set up to score goals

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    canary can-can

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Huddersfield paper says we have bid £8mill for Rhodes maybe there is a god

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    Colwyn Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Perhaps NA is planning on playing 3 4 3 like Holland, now wouldn't that be something, we would nearly be back to playing two full backs, left right and centre half, two wingers, two inside forwards and centre forward oh the good old days!

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    Colwyn Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hooper must stay, to let him leave would show lack of ambition. This is a player who looked good in the EPL and knows his way around the lower divisions. Hooper could be key for us next season, he simply needs to stay here. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • This in my view is a very poor question to ask! You cannot compare Snodgrass with a year on his contract with Hooper who has a much longer deal. If we sell it's like throwing the baby out with the bathwater and will tell us a great deal about the Canaries ambition or lack of it! Get on with other recruiting to strengtheen the area supplying the balls to the striker and build a fortress defence. Watch who the club appoint as goalkeeping coach and a bettter question is "Will we keep Currant Bunn or bring back Declan Rudd?" Whatever happens please avoid the mercenaries and let's have those playing for the shirt!!

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    mardler

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Surely a good deal would to get in Hangleland on a free?

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    Colwyn Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Keep him. The new regime will suit him well.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Great comment that Denzil, now he'll be really motivated. Tonyb, what is this Rhodes obsession? You'll see roads through Norwich Cathedral before you see Rhodes in teh Norwich team my friend. Get over it. As that great sage Steady On would say: "jordan Rhodes is going nowhere (near Carrow Road)".

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    waclor

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Grabban, Lafferty, Hooper, Becchio, RvW and Loza; six strikers. Surely that is two too many. he can only select two for each game and the problem is when you are spoilt for choice, you never really work out your best pairing. Yet he tried to sign Callum Wilson. The fans will never really know which of them is up for it next season and who is sulking at the prospect of playing in a league they consider beneath them. The cynics will say "Pity they didn't do more to stay in the prem then" and who can blame them (us). If you get a good offer, unless he is keen to stay, take the money. According to the old ad., "The answer lies in the soil" and so will we all be in 100 years time.

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    waclor

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • see that the old farm derby at portaloo road has been moved to Saturday for sky tv.would be nice to have Rhodes in the team by then to stir things up a bit,lol.

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Or to put it in Norfolk, 'We'll all be in a muck sweat afore long old partner.'

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    cutty

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I feel like I'm in a slit trench and someone say 'I don't like it's too quiet,' then all hell breaks loose.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • He's rubbish, get rid!!!!!

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    Denzil

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hoopers 6 million cash + Bassong + Becchio = Jordan Rhodes,simple.

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Who in their right minds will buy RVW.? Nobody I would suggest NCFC are stuck with him.

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    Norfolkman

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • cash in on Hooper and use the money for a decent centre back, if we can attract one!Hooper if he goes will not be the last to leave CR this summer,got to get in some decent replacements though,not from lower leagues!

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • The point that seems to be missing here is whether or not Neil Adams is being given the (transfer) money to spend on team strengthening. If City sell Hooper (or anyone else for that matter) then there is little point if this money just ends up in the bank. The Chump is a very difficult league to get out of (1p5wich have been trying unsuccessfully for over a decade now) and you feel out best chance is an immediate bounce back. The City squad of last season were never really relegation fodder, but, with the lack of proper cohesion we did not pick up the points we required from key home games in the New Year. This City squad, properly conditioned and tuned, should wreck havoc next season. We must aim for 100 Goals and 100 Points, and we certainly can't afford to weaken the squad we have by selling and not replacing with at least better or equal.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I would like to see him start ten games, with another striker and then see where he's at. Don't think he's ever been given a good enough run with the right service. I wonder if we'll be stuck with RVP? May be a loan spell for him would be the best option if he wanted to leave?

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hooper will still have his hopes of an England shirt which he is unlikely to get near in the championship.He cost a reported £6 million.With his 5 goals last season,and an offer back of £6 million,I'd call it quits.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Cash in on Hoops if he wants to go, i would rather keep RVW out of the two of them, Bassong, Pilks , Wes , Fox and Surman will surely be moved on but i would do everything to keep Olsson and Ruddy here.

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    marcohendy

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • .....Trev!...I wonder why RvWW seems keen to stay now!...Has something major happened at the club to make him revalue the situation?....PhilH! On the button with your last sentence!....It's no use playing with a carthorse if you want to run in the Derby .....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Let's loan Hooper out to premiership team for a year to right a few wrongs and make some good money for us, while remaining our player. We will be back in the prem next season, afterall. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • The club states it is not in the position where it needs to sell any player so only a crazy offer should prize him away. I think he will score a bagful in the Championship as long as he is played with a target man. RVW seems keen to stay right now and I would hope he too can find his feet this coming season so lets look forward and upwards.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Make 2 or 3 million on Hooper, and maybe weaken o8ur likelihood of promotion and gaining 10s of millions?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Money for Hooper used to fund a bid for Rhodes?

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    GossVolley

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • The level in the Scottish Premiership is now where near the English Premiership. So Gary Hooper might find his level in the Championship. Leicester last season used did not depend on a single striker so you can understand Neil Adams logic of boosting our misfiring forward line. I am sure Neil Adams will only let Gary Hooper go if we already have a proven Championship goal scorer like Ross McCormack lined up. Rumours that Luciano Becchio might be going back to Leeds might make it easier for Norwich to sign Ross McCormack. Our problem last season was not just our forwards it was the speed we broke out of defence and the supply to our forward line.

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    PhilH

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • If he goes to Q P R it's possible we could pass both him and Snodgrass if we went up and both Hull and QPR were relegated LOL for a week.

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    Randy

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Of course it would be much easier for Hooper to take a transfer rather than stay and prove that he is the striker Norwich thought they were buying. The first option is easy, the option to stay would require spine, commitment and character which would appear to be absent in so many professional players.

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    Brycland

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • If and its only IF we recieve a stupid money offer (in true QPR style) i'd be tempted to cash in. No doubt hes a good player (and personally I think he would score for fun in the championship) but if shifting RVW is proving hard maybe it be best keeping him here with Lafferty, Grabban and who ever else we sign after we failed with Wilson. RVW has been extremely positive in his comments regarding NCFC. Both Hooper & RVW suffered last season being played in a way that isn't ever going to get the best out of them. Personally I dont want anyone else leaving but if someone offers stupid money we'd be silly to turn it down.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • One goal every four games is not a good record but perhaps the Chumpionship is getting nearer to the level he played in Scotland. Suggest the Manager who sees and hears from his other management assistants is in a better position to judge than fans who watched him last season when he was nothing to write home about. Keep if he wants to put the record right or sell (not at a loss) if he wants to go.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Perhaps he will find his level in the Championship

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • It must surely be heart wrenching for Hoops to comptemplate playing in the Championship after his success at Celtic. I for one would bare no grudge should he decide to gamble on the prospect of QPR or a.n.other Premier League team ........ highly likely as a squad member only ........ only GH will find out if the grass is greener

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 7, 2014

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