RUMOUR MILL: QPR and Crystal Palace touted with Gary Hooper move

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is being touted with a Premier League switch to London rivals QPR and Crystal Palace. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is being touted with a Premier League switch to London rivals QPR and Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 29, 2014
12:38 PM

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper continues to be linked with a late summer transfer window switch from Carrow Road as Premier League rivals QPR and Crystal Palace reportedly size up a move for the frontman.

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Hooper has yet to feature for the Canaries this season, but returned to light training in recent days following a calf injury. Canaries’ boss Neil Adams made it clear after last week’s Championship derby success at Ipswich a fit Hooper will be part of his plans, but that has not stopped the London Evening Standard clamining on Friday morning both QPR and Palace may look to test Norwich’s resolve with a £5m bid.

Hooper scored eight goals in 35 appearances during his debut campaign after moving from Celtic. The 26-year-old rejected the chance to link up with Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road 12 months ago in favour of a move to Norfolk but both Redknapp and new Eagles’ chief Neil Warnock expect a hectic finale to the window which closes on Monday evening.

Adams has recruited Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome to boost his strikeforce since taking over on a permanent basis but the Norwich boss views Hooper as another important part of his attacking armoury.

“Gary is a big part of what we are trying to do,” said Adams, speaking at Portman Road on Saturday prior to Hooper’s return to training at Colney. “We are not looking to lose Gary. He is injured at the minute, he has a calf problem and when he is fit he comes in to compliment the attacking options we have so he is very much part of the squad.”

63 comments

  • You tell `em, Timbo! Oy vey Maria and shalom, already. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • If CP or QPR have rung us suggesting £5m I hope Neil has burst out laughing then put the phone down. He's worth @ least what Fer was worth. Didn't we pay the Tims £6m for him? And he's improved since then, by playing in the English Premiership. He didn't score as many as he should;ve done last season, but that's 100% down to the Country Vicar + his hapless ultra-defensive system. Hooper is entitled to use Hughton as an excuse ( unlike certain other strikers I could mention). Bidding for Hooper starts @ £10m, tho I want him to stay personally. OTBC !!!

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • @blackdog...totally agree that the figures being quoted for McGoldrick (and Rhodes) show where the true market value for Hooper should lie. I'm reading this morning that Remy is on his way out of QPR..that's going to increase Harry's resolve. Personally I want to hold on to Hooper..but money talks.At least I have more faith in the club to reinvest than I did a couple of weeks ago! As a side note, I've been watching sky sports news this morning..there's an endless stream of managers talking about all the players they are interested in, or had bids turned down for. Where's the ethics gone..let's get back to not talking in public about players who are contracted to other clubs!

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I dont think Hooper is going to want to `compliment` anyone , he should be starting every game for me , with Grabbs. He is more than capable of being no.1 striker at many decent clubs, i just hope its here.

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    marcohendy

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Them barrow boys Rednapp and Warnock offering £5 million for Hooper is shown as the joke it is by Leicester offering £8 million for McGoldrick of the Prancing Donkeys from Portaloo Road. Adams ought to stand firm and tell them that money don't even buy Hooper's bootlaces! Has to be at least £12 million to even start talking.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Btw; I really like that name, "Sweetcorn & Peas" but the mixture of UPPER and lower cAsE spoils it a bit, iMhO. I`ve tried to see something encrypted in it, something, well... cryptic, but I`ve failed. Best I can do is come up with a faux faaarin` name; Setona Wecrpes. Probably faux Macedonian. (That`s in the Baltic, Archie). Do they still make that tinned "Macédoine of Vegetables?". Can`t remember whether sweetcorn was included, but pretty sure there were pEaS & cArRoTs? Nazdravye! Pacros Esart of Polykastro.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • LincsCan: Great statistic ref Burnley\ManUre, (Source: Beeb). On the Grabban Shots(attempts) : Goals ratio; it is currently 5.6738 attempts per goal. This means he has made 22.6952 attempts at scoring. Funny number, but one of them was only rated as 69.52% of a chance. Hey; that`s statistics, Scotty, but not as we know it. (Source: Walter`s Mittypedia ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • @BoFoggo mangetout Rodders, mangetout.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • @baguio, sounds like Alan Shearer.

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    Dave T

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Last season Leicester went up with their top scorers hitting 20 and 16 respectively. Grabban looks to be our 20 goal man, Hooper you would fancy to be close to that, then Lafferty. Interesting with Leicester however is they had several players from all depts of the team chip in with useful hauls of up to 7 goals apiece. If we can match that then it lessens the pressure on the strikers and there are early signs the team is more positive and looking to score from all positions. Hooper on song would be a loss. Do we know what he is like on song? Finally, unrelated, stat of day on the Beeb - the £60m Man U spent on di Maria is more than opponents Burnley have spent on players during their entire existence going back to 19th century.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • If Adams really wants to keep Garry Hooper have the b--ls and stand up to the board because you will need him as he is the best you have.

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    El tel

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I'm not sure Peas-n-Sweetcorn GO with Fish Soup , Mussels , Herrings in Bread , smoked Eels , or Flammkeuchen = North-west Europe Pizza equivalent , but oblong . Red Cabbage slow-cooked with apple is the Fleming's Veg of choice , roast spuds and hot continental ham with a white gravy sauce Mmmmmmmmmmmm ! ! ! Hope Delia is up to that . Nicer than Hoops Haggis , nips+tatties .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I'm not sure Peas-n-Sweetcorn GO with Fish Soup , Mussels , Herrings in Bread , smoked Eels , or Flammkeuchen = North-west Europe Pizza equivalent , but oblong . Red Cabbage slow-cooked with apple is the Fleming's Veg of choice , roast spuds and hot continental ham with a white gravy sauce Mmmmmmmmmmmm ! ! ! Hope Delia is up to that . Nicer than Hoops Haggis , nips+tatties .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I think Hooper is going to prove to be our best striker. It would be a disgrace and a mistake to sell him to either of those two who are odds on to go down anyway. We need to stay true to our pre season commitments - we don't have to sell - particularly to those muppets.

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    Liverpool canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • sweetcorn n peas has been known as "Norwich City Vegetables" in our house for years, guess we aren't the only ones!

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Well my description of him as a monopodal one-goal-wonder was probably harsh and unkind , but probably brought on by the Over-puffing of him as a 30 goal-a-season wunderkind by good old Archant , for whom all new arrivals must be described as the new Pele , and who are obliged to be photographed holding up a Canaries shirt , as if demonstrating a competence with laundry . No-one will be happier than I if Hooper gets 15 goals this season for City .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I love the name sWeEtCoRn.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Leroy must have told him why fun it is to be spanked every game, just like it used to be last season. Who could resist the opportunity to be managed by Colin?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Personally I'd keep him as he signed for us and I think he'd work hard at scoring vital goals Grabban's good but injuries happen we need Hooper's type of ability.. but that's his call either way he should be more comfortable here but this is football and he'll probably want to sold for a can of dolphin free tuna.. quickly

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    sWeEtCoRn&PEaS

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • If you must go Hoops I recommend CP not QPR. But rather you stayed.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • The "great shot Grabs" baguio was an example of a compliment as opposed to...oh well, I think MB got it. Maybe you did, or like a Grabs shot it went right over your head. Anyhow, made my day I spotted that one first. To give MB a chance to get one back, I have tried finding stats of Grabban's shots to goals ratio. Nowt. Come on new born king of stats show your metal(I know).

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper scores goals at all levels - eve under CH he managed a few! Although as the season wore on I think the club wore him down. Looking forward to seeing him with a new lease of life!

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • We are talking about a player who has scored goals at every level he's played at - including the champions league! Anything less than the £11m Fulham paid for an unfit McCormack is an insult.

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    dumpcanary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper needs to rebuild his reputation after a poor season by scoring for fun in the Championship, a move to hapless QPR or palace , both certainities for relegation will kill his career and value

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Who writes these articles? More importantly who checks them? The typo, "clamining", is forgivable but he use of "compliment" instead of complement is not. Neil Adams does deserve all of the compliments he gets. All of the moaners have changed their tune now!

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    Nelson

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Could not agree more baguio hope he settles down just seems to rush it a bit . Great start to the season OTBC

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    Davyboy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Iron gloves, agree 100 per cent, he and Grabban will make a formidable pair. We need hooper, he managed to score goals last season in spite of the vicar.

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    Jim

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper did a great job last year..converted many of the few chances he received. service and tactics let him down. Given a proper chance he will shine. BUT Delia and the board will sell him. The board play us fans as fools and we seem to just take it. Been happening for a long time under Delia. I bet as soon as Hooper is sold he will be fully fit the next day. Adams isn't playing him as he is on the market and doesn't want to injure his commodity

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    AC Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper needs to rebuild his reputation after a poor season by scoring for fun in the Championship, a move to hapless QPR or palace , both certainities for relegation will kill his career and value

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I wasn't aware that people didn't rate GH ever. He worked his way up the hard way and when playing at his best was the complete striker. He could score half chances and worked the keeper and defenders hard. If Grabban turns out to be like him I will be delighted. But yes I remain entirely unconvinced but a better % of chances converted could quickly change that! Even then I feel that we need quality back up as this is going to be a long season in a very physical league. Injures have and will continue occur!

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    baguio

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Think he will go if the price is right.we don't need 6 strikers,though I think he's 2nd or 3rd in the pecking order when fit.with the 3 new strikers + becchio and loza they might just do the job for us.

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    tonyb

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • It seems that baguio has yet to be convinced about Grabban. A lot of people didn`t rate Grant Holt. "OK for L1 but not up to the Championship". Followed by "OK for the Championship, but get rid now we`re in the Prem". Followed by 15 Prem goals. Then, after the Lord Mayor`s Show, came Hughton. Grabban looks fairly OK to me so far. Certainly out of Ricky`s class, irrespective of League. He actually looks like somebody who can play, and enjoy, football. RvW looked like somebody who benefited from mistaken identity. He only came to set up a `friets` winkel franchise for the STDs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Like Fer, he has never really imposed himself on the team due to injuries. We are looking at his potential and commitment to the club. If he wants to leave and the price is right why not let him go? Any news on Odjidja-Ofoe?

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    MellowYellow

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I see Hooper as a vital cog this season and we can't get to rely on just Grabban to score the goals.His physical strength can prove of greater value in this division and he adds to the threat posed to opposing teams.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I`d rather he stayed. Unless Adams has better options in his eye-line. £7m+ would be useful. It`s all about who wants to be here. Old-fashioned club loyalty is all but gone. Part replaced by those seeking the glittering prizes, part by those who like a comfy life in Village Naaridge. The players do get well paid. All the fans can ask is some effort and commitment. I hope this club can cling to some old-fashioned values. It`s just business, not personal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • @Lincs Canary when you say "Great shot Grabs" I think you mean "Lucky Lewis". He hasn't hit a great shot yet? Even his penalty was a tame shot that was easily saved! He only scores rebounds or deflections. Everything else goes either well over, well wide or the play stops because he's off side again! Just saying!

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    baguio

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper is no more than a Championship player,but playing off Grabban who can hold it up as well as score could result in him scoring plenty.He could be a more effective partner for Grabban than Lafferty.I'm sure NA can see this and I don't expect him to be sold.

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    irongloves

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • The price is not right at £5m..Blackburn rejected an ofer of £8m for Rhodes - saying they would do business at £12m.I am convinced Hooper is a better player than him..and deserves the chance to prove it in an attacking side. I can't see QPR or Palace fitting into that bracket any time soon

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    Irish canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • You beat me to it easily, LincsCan. My complimentary complements. When will the Archeihacks laern English? BoF - is that really you? Hoops did manage 6 league goals & 2 in the League Cup. Were you thinking of Winkel? £5m for Hooper? £7m would be fine. The trouble is, we don`t know how good he`d be under a non-Hughton manager. He could be super, though I always felt he looked a bit of a donkey for Celtic, in their brief forays into competitive football. Aka Champions` League.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • If the price is right, McNally will say thanks

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper should stay, he will have a cracking season in the Championship, regarding Fer going to QPR I think many a fan will be singing 'It could have been you, it could have been you, Leroy Fer it could have been you' as we go up and QPR go down

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    Skip

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • £5 million for a one-goal-wonder whose chief activity since he arrived in Norfolk comprises getting about on one leg . Take the money , say I .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • £5 million for a one-goal-wonder whose chief activity since he arrived in Norfolk comprises getting about on one leg . Take the money , say I .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Well I hope Hooper does stay with us. I personally feel that Leroy Fer has made the biggest mistake of his life joining QPR and Hooper would be doing the same thing if he is even considering it!! It would be far better to knuckle down and help City get back to the PL. Already we are seeing the difference NA is making with his attacking policy and that will suit Hooper down to the ground. The players are getting their confidence back and once Hooper is playing regularly; yes he will start scoring goals for fun and I think he knows that. Looking forward to hearing about other players coming into the club. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hope he goes. Not sure his attitude is right. Also no evidence he's a PL player, so if we get back there he wouldn't be good enough, so in that respect his salary and the fee we paid for him dwarf his ability, so if we can get rid it's a good thing

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    Colin

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hooper has proved he is a player who can get goals when the ball is put in the right place. Hopefully, this will happen more this season so his goals per game ratio will improve for us.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • 'array doesn't know about rules, he can't even read or write, he employs his dog to do that.

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    Jim

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • What so ever Dobbers? Ahem .......... adverb, one word, just saying ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Tout, a verb, to persuade people to buy something. Touted, no such word. We have not put GH in the shop window so this headline makes no sense what so ever.

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    Dobro

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hate to say it, but 6 strikers just won't work - no one wants becchio by the looks of it, so Hooper may well see his future elsewhere, and if the money's right (which it most likely will be heading up to the run up with teams getting desperate)...

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    JimBob

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • According to the article Hoops, when fit, comes in to "compliment" the attacking options we have. Like "great shot Grabs", "nice header Laff", "love the suit Cam" or "dig the haircut Murph." I would prefer it if he was used to "complement" our attacking options otherwise he might as well go to QPR and complement their relegation campaign.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Assault at the loft....shut that door!!

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    Bob Hunt

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Why does nobody tell 'Arry where to get off. He's at it again tapping up other clubs players. I thought it was supposed to be against FA rules, or am I mistaken?

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Leave it out 'Arry, 'Opper's staying 'eerr !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Please don't go Gary! Suarez would have struggled to better Hoops strike rate last year if he was playing in our team. This year, the strike force can look forward to having chances created for them in every game. That's perfect for Hoops - he's an out and out goal scorer ( the best we have IMO ) Let's keep him until at least January..hopefully we are still playing the same football...banging in goals and at the right end of the football. Then in January, we could look at the situation again...there will still be Premier strugglers in the market for a goal scorer ..and then the bidding could start at £10m. Or, hopefully, he would realise he has a better chance of playing Prem football with us next season than the no hopers currently linked with him. He could still break into the England squad in the future..I genuinely believe he's a better striker than Rickie Lambert..and has his best years ahead of him.

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    Irish canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Palace had the right man for them in TP and then show just what they are about by getting rid of him for Warnock. MTP yes these two spivs will take them both down. I didn't have them to go down until now. He jacked at Palace before because he didn't hit it off with Parissh.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Good ol Rumour Mill! Both those teams will struggle with relegation this season - why oh why would Gary hooper leap at such an opportunity?? Money I guess. Silly me.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • That renowned pair of spivs again, both are a joke! At £5,000,000 if they are not taking the pizz then what are they doing? Tell the pair of them to start bidding at £12,000,000 and throw Bassong in as buy one get one free!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • And to think people were touting him for an England call-up not so long ago. I'm a big fan of Hoops and would be sadly disappointed to see him leave to a no-mark Prem club. ScotCan, you're spot on - give him an opportunity and he'll bag goals in the Champ - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Why would he want to go to either of those two? I know it's early days but QPR haven't scored a goal in a competitive match yet. Perhaps 'Arry sees GH as the answer to this problem but Hoops did reject him last year. Eight goals in 35 apps isn't a great return. If he stays at the Carra under NA he just might improve on that total. As for Warnock and Palace a very wide berth should be given.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I sort of have the same idea, ScotCan. The way Norwich have played this season, (after the opener) Hooper could be just too big to handle for many of the Championship defences.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • A fit-again Hooper should score for fun in NA's new look Championship Norwich!

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    ScotCan

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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