Gary Hooper: Celtic striker signs for Norwich City
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Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Celtic striker Gary Hooper for a fee thought to be around £5m.
The 25-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League club, who have the option of keeping him for a further year.
Championship club QPR had a bid accepted for Hooper, but he has opted for the top flight with City instead.
Hooper scored 31 goals for the Scottish champions last season, having joined from Scunthorpe in 2010 for £2.4m.
He has been Celtic's leading goalscorer for the last three seasons. His final game for the club was Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League second qualifying round second leg win over Cliftonville.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon described Hooper as the club's best striker since Henrik Larsson and said his departure was a "huge loss".
Norwich manager Chris Hughton, who first tried to sign Hooper in January, has now signed seven players this summer.
"There's been a lot of speculation going back to January and I'm pleased to have finally put pen to paper and joined Norwich," Hooper told Norwich's official website.
"I knew Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood from my youth days at Spurs, so it will be great to be back working with them.
"I have scored goals at every level I have played at and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me."
Houghton "So have we"
Imagine Hooper and van Wolfswinkel up front, class...
I am OVER THE MOON!!!!
That's 50% of our wagebill for this season.
Apparently Hooper wants to move closer back to London but Norwich are well settled in the Prem and if he has ANY hopes of getting into the England squad for the WC (should they qualify of course) then Norwich are better option than QPR.
hooper and wanyama were amazing for us last season,
i dont mind our players using us as a stepping stone, the harsh reality is the SPL is poor- the lure of guarenteed champs league brings us a good quality player for a few seasons!
Stick Celtic in the EPL and all the money, with the size of the club give it 5 years before a serious top 4 challenge is underway.
Hooper couldn't really have cared which EPL club he went to, just so he could get more England international recognition which is fair enough for an English lad.
Good luck GH
PvH scored 7 goals in the PL. Don't even think you're a Dandy if the truth be known ?
If you prefer Delia Smith cheerleading you on against dross like Stoke, as oppose to 60,000 folk roaring you on against Barca - then there's something wrong with you.
We care about buying good player and Hooper is one.
What a ridiculous question, how many CL goals did Suarez or Bale get last season? Therefore Hooper must be better than them.
So finishes of 12th then 11th not good enough for you? Don't forget we also beat both manchester clubs last season as well as Arsenal and Spurs
We are a small English club but there are unfortunately too many Man Utd, Chelski, Liverpool fans in East Anglia, If only half of these were to support their local team Norwich would be able to compete with the big guns in the PL. Hooper I imagine wants to play at the highest level, with Celtic he gets a few games in Europe but...