Celtic star eyes Premier League chance
Celtic transfer news: Gary Hooper plots Celtic Park exit as Tottenham Hotspur make their move
Celtic striker Gary Hooper has set his sights on a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Metro.
Hooper wants to leave Celtic Park and return to the place where it all began for him - White Hart Lane.
The former Scunthorpe striker was a member of the Spurs Academy from the age of seven, before being released aged 14.
And now the 25-year-old wants to return to the club in a move likely to cost Andre Villas-Boas somewhere in the region of £10m, according to reports.
Harlow-born Hooper began his career in the non-league with Grays Athletic, taking in spells with Southend United and Scunthorpe before moving north of the border to join Celtic for £2.4m for the 2010/11 season.
Since arriving at Parkhead, Hooper has gained a reputation as a poacher and excellent finisher, finishing both his full seasons as the clubs top scorer and leading the way again this term for Neil Lennon’s side.
Interest in Hooper is thought to be high with Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham said to have enquired about the man who has scored twice in Celtic’s run to the knockout stages of the Champions League, whilst Norwich made several unsuccessful attempts to lure Hooper south of the border during the January transfer window.
Hooper, who has scored 23 goals in 35 matches this season, has informed Celtic that he will not be signing a new contract and was assured of a move away from the cub in the summer, if he remained at Parkhead for the rest of the season.
Scunthorpe are believed to have a sizeable sell-on clause as part of the deal that took him away from Glanford Park back in 2010, with the Iron set to pocket around £2.5m should a £10m summer switch go through.
Hooper will be keen to test his mettle on the bigger stage and could be a good fit for Spurs who are certainly light up front with only Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as genuine striking options.
A move to the Premier League will do no harm for the ex-Scunthorpe hitman’s England chances, having previously been called up to England under-21 squad without making an appearance.
Hooper is thought to be in England manager Roy Hodgson’s thoughts, and a move to Tottenham would be a great opportunity to showcase his talents ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
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