Celtic reject fresh Hooper bid from Norwich

ESPN staff
January 31, 2013
Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked to Gary Hooper © PA Photos

Norwich have had a third bid for Gary Hooper turned down, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed.

Canaries boss Chris Hughton has made no secret of his desire to add a striker to his squad in the January transfer window, and he is also close to a deal for Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.

But his hopes of landing Hooper could be at an end unless Norwich considerably increase their offer for a player who has scored 23 goals this season.

"I think Norwich came in with a third bid yesterday and it was rejected," Lennon said. "They were well short. We don't have a price on Gary, but the bid that was put in yesterday was well short."

Lennon was coy when asked if Hooper would be allowed to leave if an improved bid was made, and on the subject of if he had any replacements in mind.

He added: "All I can say is if a deal can be done, we may get offered players and people may ring up about our players - that's the way transfer deadline day works."

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