Norwich City have agreed a fee with Celtic for Gary Hooper and the striker is set to have a medical today, according to Sky sources.

The sensational U-turn comes in the midst of QPR manager Redknapp's comments to BBC Radio Scotland that the "negotiations have gone well."

Now it appears as though the 25-year-old striker could likely be on his way to Carrow Road and snub Redknapp's offer, after Sky sources understood Chris Hughton's Norwich has also agreed a fee with the Glasgow outfit for their striker.

It would certainly be a surprise if Hooper, who has been Celtic's top goalscorer in all of the three seasons he has spent at the club, decided on a move to Norwich after reports suggested that the West Londoners had already agreed a fee in the region of £5 million on Wednesday.

However, Chris Hughton had also been chasing the striker, who has scored an impressive 63 goals in 95 League appearances in the SPL for Celtic. 

Hughton's interest in the player looked to be over when, in January, Norwich's bid was rejected by Celtic, and as a result, Hughton signed Dutchman Ricky Van Wolfswinkel instead.

Despite previous failings however, Premier League side Norwich look to have overtaken QPR in the signing of Hooper who has refused a contract extension offered by Neil Lennon, who appeared to be resigned in his quest to keep his top goalscorer in Glasgow.

Hooper started his career at non-league outfit Grays Athletic, though he quickly moved up the leagues, eventually joining Scunthorpe United, where he scored 43 goals in 80 League appearances.

This goalscoring ability convinced Neil Lennon to sign the Englishman for a fee believed to be around £2.5 million. 

If Hooper leaves, which appears to be almost certain, then he will follow fellow former teammate Victor Wanyama into the Premier League, with the Kenyan signing for Southampton in a record £12.5 million deal. 

The current trend of players migrating south has been part of Celtic's nature in recent times, with Neil Lennon attaining much praise for his ability to scout and cultivate unknown players.

 

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