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Neil Lennon resigned to losing Hooper

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has begun talks with Gary Hooper in an attempt to sort out the player's future. 

The consensus around Celtic Park is that the striker favours a move to the Premier League.

Premier League clubs Norwich City and newly-promoted Hull City have both had bids rejected, though QPR - who were relegated from the Premier League last season - are also thought to be interested now that Hull have instead signed Sunderland forward Danny Graham on a season's loan. 

"For the time being, he's still a Celtic player" said Lennon to reporters after including him in the squad to face Cliftonville in the Champions League qualifying tie tomorrow. 

"I would like to [keep Hooper] but maybe his mind is elsewhere" he added.

"It is between Gary's representatives and the club in question. I hope to speak to him this afternoon. You never say never. If things don't go through or things are not agreed, he'll be here for at least another year anyway".

Hooper joined Celtic from Scunthorpe United in 2010 and has been his club's top goalscorer in each of the last three seasons, scoring 19 league goals last term. 

As such, he is valued highly by Lennon and so it is believed that only a bid in excess of £10 million will be enough to persuade the Northern Irishman to let him go, especially considering the fact that Celtic have already sold midfielder Victor Wanyama to Southampton for £12.5 million this summer.

Celtic also rejected a £1.5m bid from Championship side Nottingham Forest on Friday for defender Kelvin Wilson, as Lennon prepares to start his search for another striker regardless of Hooper's situation.


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