Celtic have begun talks with Gary Hooper regarding a new contract, dealing a blow to QPR and Newcastle, who had both hoped to sign the striker in January.
Sky Sports have reported that the English hotshot is keen to stay at Park Head, after settling in quickly following his move from Scunthorpe United in 2010.
There were reports that QPR manager Neil Warnock was readying a £7million January bid to bring the forward to Loftus road, whilst Toon boss Alan Pardew was also thought to be interested in bringing Hooper, who scored 22 goals in the SPL last season, to St James’ Park due to a lack of striking options.
It now looks as though Celtic are moving to quash any speculation regarding Hooper though, with the transfer window looming large less than two months away.
The former Scunthorpe man has just come out of a difficult patch for The Bhoys that saw him lose his place in the starting line-up for a couple of fixtures.
He has now won back his berth in the first XI, and his goal tally for this season is now up to eight. The Glasgow club are ready to offer improved terms in a deal that will run up to 2014.
Hooper’s form last season had led to people calling for him to be picked for England, though Fabio Capello has overlooked him thus far.