RUMOUR MILL: Gary Hooper wants out of Norwich City - could Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes come in?

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

Monday, June 2, 2014
8:13 PM

Gary Hooper wants out of Norwich City this summer – at least that’s what the Daily Mail was claiming on Monday night.

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The national newspaper stated newly promoted Queens Park Rangers – who were keen on taking Hooper to Loftus Road and the Championship last season – and Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are among the clubs interested in signing the forward from Carrow Road and returning him to the Premier League following Norwich’s relegation.

According the The Mail, the £5.5m summer signing has told the Canaries he wants to leave.

Having been a prolific goalscorer wherever he played, Hooper’s departure from Celtic was followed by 33 appearances last season and eight goals – including a brace at Watford in the League Cup.

He was City’s top scorer in all competitions, but that for a side with one of the lowest scoring records in Premier League history.

Hooper came to the top flight to force his way into the England set-up but struggled for goals, despite promising signs before the turn of the year.

However, the former Scunthorpe forward has two years left on his current City deal and Norwich have made a point of stating they don’t need to sell, despite the fall into the Championship.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Football League presenter and Norwich City fan Simon Thomas may have eased the blow of the Daily Mail’s story by suggesting the Canaries will make a move for Blackburn’s former Ipswich striker Jordan Rhodes.

“Further to the #NCFC coaching news today, I’m led to believe a bid will be going in for Jordan Rhodes shortly,” tweeted Thomas.

Rhodes was at Ipswich as a promising youngster during Joe Royle’s tenure as manager – with Royle’s Carrow Road return as football consultant confirmed on Monday evening.

22 comments

  • The Daily Mail would probably refuse to wrap foreign fish. Foreign fish would most likely be happy with that. The Daily Mail has become a sad parody of its xenophobic self. Just rebadge it `The Little Redneck`. Join the other redtops; stop pretending it is a newspaper.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Ye Gods more gossip and speculation - stand back 'let the dog see the rabbit' and get the actual business under way.The only use for the 'Daily Mail' is to act as an outer wrapper for fish & chips. Given the validity of recent statements the one thing that should emerge are players that actually want to play for Norwich City and dare I say it that will be a refreshing change!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • THANK YOU CORNWALL CANARY!!!!! Its not hard to understand but seems to bypass some who think its as simple as not scoring, all his fault. This season if we play as Neil is hoping we may actually create chances in the box that a predator like RVW or Hooper requires. Running round like a headless chicken on the half way line, battling 6ft2 defenders to win a hoofed clearance isn't RVW or Hoopers game. It would be like Anthony Joshua getting injured before a boxing match and replacing him with Carl Froch. Totally different frame and size yet some fans expect Hooper and RVW to work magic (literally) and score goals within the style Hughton was playing. Its really not hard to understand.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Play the ball with short passes up from the back instead of long hoofs upfield straight to the opposition and our maligned strikers will score goals.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I am getting angry with Archant now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Attempt #3. I agree, Malaga. Hughton was not up to the job.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Ethered again. Agree, malaga. Hughton was incompetent. Therein was the problem.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • If I was given a straight choice between RVW & Hooper I would go with the latter every time as he showed more guile and has more upper body strength. However, it was clear during those final 5 games that Neil Adams saw it differently as he gave RVW more game time and I suspect he has already made his mind up on who he wants to play up front next season. If the price is right for either of the above strikers then I suspect they will move on but hopefully any money raised will be spent on improved striker replacements.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Hooper, like RvW, has a goalscoring pedigree. The fact that neither of them could muster anything like a decent return last season says more about Hughton's dire tactics than about their abilities. Same goes for Elmander. All are decent players, capable of goals. If either Hooper or RvW stay and providing Adams sets the team up to deliver proper service to them, then we will see goals from both players. I have no doubt about that. But, and here is the big but, Adams must make sure we have genuine pace and penetration from both wings and also service from the midfield. Both areas which Hughton failed completely to deliver on all season. In short, in my view, it is not the fault of the strikers that goals weren't forthcoming from them. It was total lack of service.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I knew Hooper wouldn't cut it. Prior to moving to Celtic most of his success was in League One. Same level as SPL. I wouldn't want Rhodes though. He has goals only. No potential to become a PL player. Better to go for Assombalonga and Wilson.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Surely in the coming season though we wont be hoofing it to the strikers on the half way line and will actually be playing some football and making chances in the box. Something Hooper and RVW are crying out for? I seem to remember us playing some lovely football under a better footballing manager in Lambert within the 'hussle bussle' of the championship. Just making an observation.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Only reason Hooper scored more than Rip was that he has a bit more meat on the bones, his best goals came from outside the Box, would do OK in the Hussel Bussel of Championship

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I agree (mostly) with Powers and Matt333. It IS only a rumour, and Hooper looks like he could cut it in the Championship. Sadly for him (and for us fans!), he will not have impressed any Prem team managers - though `Arry did nearly beat us to his signature. Then, QPR was but a Championship side in those days. How quickly fortunes change! It`s wait & see time, folks.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I like Hooper but it wouldn't surprise me if he does want out. When he joined he made a point about trying to get recognised for an England call up, which was unlikely when we were in the Prem let alone the Championship. Coupled with the comments that came from the board along the lines of buying badly in the summer I think we could be in line for an overhaul of strikers....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Why is it people burn their bridges as soon as they read a pathetic newspaper story. Likely utterly nothing in the reports. Ill tell you what lets just hound every player out if its based purely on last season as nobody really performed. Back to reality & on subject I just cant see rhodes coming to NCFC. Surely if Blackburn were to accept an offer that we can afford, there would be other clubs, potentially in lower half Premier League who would stump up the same if not more for him? Not like we are the only club to have him on the radar surely?

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • our best striker and still rubbish GOODBYE, lets hope you take a few more with you, rvw,bassong,gutierez,worst 3 footballers ive ever seen!!!!!

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    dannyotbc

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Firstly, the title says 'RUMOUR MILL' which means that neither Gary Hooper nor Norwich have confirmed anything to back this story up. If he does leave then so be it - we can hardly do anything about it anyway - and if he stays then we'll be stronger for it. Hopefully he does stay and proves he is better than last season's showing. If the rumours are true, however, then I would be angry and disappointed in Hooper for leaving as surely he must realise that Hughton is gone and this will be a new start for him to begin afresh hopefully in formation that suits his style of play. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • goodbye hooper we need players are loyal club and fans .

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    boy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • If he wants to go let him go but only at the price that City want, as the ball is in the club's court. The club should not be forced to take any offer that suits Hooper or his agent. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Much easier to leave than to stay and prove that you can cut the mustard. FAILURE!

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It would be interesting to see how he performs if Lambert signs him. And equally interesting how Villa's ambitious fans react to their unpopular manager signing a failed Norwich player.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Cheerio Hooper you've been absolutely useless

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    Denzil

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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