Liverpool have been handed a transfer boost in their pursuit of SPL striker Gary Hooper, according to reports.

TalkSPORT claims contract talks between the 24-year-old and Celtic have broken down, ‘leaving the door open’ for the Reds to make their move in the January transfer window

The radio station goes on to claim that the Bhoys have ‘broken promises’ over the terms of a potential new deal, leaving Hooper upset with life at Celtic Park.

With Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers facing a striker crisis at Anfield, it’s no surprise to see the Merseyside outfit linked with move for a player in the position.

Summer signing Fabio Borini has picked up a foot injury on international duty, leaving Luis Suarez as the only fit and recognised striker on the Liverpool books as Andy Carroll plies his trade away from the club on loan.

Hooper, who boasts an impressive goalscoring record during spells with Southend United, Scunthorpe United and the Hoops, could be the solution for Rodgers, who was described as a ‘long-term fan’ of the player by the Metro at the end of September.

The same report claimed Hooper, an uncapped Englishman, would cost £7 million. However, the current contract situation could bring the Scottish Premier League star’s valuation down quickly for Liverpool to strike.

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