Thursday morning saw the news that Norwich City had agreed a deal with Celtic to sign striker Gary Hooper.

The East Anglian club came in at the eleventh hour for Hooper, while the 

former Scunthorpe man was seemingly on his way to Queens Park Rangers.

Hooper will have a medical with Norwich on Thursday, meaning Harry Redknapp to look elsewhere to strengthen his squad at Loftus Road.

Norwich have been admirers of Hooper for sometime, having failed with several bids for the forward in January, so it should come as no surprise that they responded to the news of QPR's accepted offer for the player with a bid of their own.

Chris Hughton has had a very good summer. Norwich seem to be the standout performers in the transfer market.

A deal to bring in Dutch forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel was agreed before the end of last season and was finalised when the Canaries secured Premier League safety. The signing of the former Sporting Lisbon man adds much-needed attacking firepower to a team that really struggled for goals at the back end of last season.

Adding a striker with experience in European competition can only improve Norwich's offensive prowess.

As well as Van Wolfswinkel, Norwich have added highly-rated 19-year-old winger Nathan Redmond from Hughton's former club Birmingham.

Redmond will bring an injection of much-needed pace to Norwich's wide play and give another option to a side which was all too reliant on Robert Snodgrass last term.

Hughton has also strengthened his midfield with another Dutchman, Leroy Fer, from FC Twente. Fer has been capped twice by Holland and his signing is somewhat of a coup for the Canaries when you consider that he could have moved to Everton, arguably a bigger, more established Premier League side, in January.

Norwich have also signed defenders Martin Olsson and Javier Garrido this summer. Olsson joining from Blackburn and Garrido making his loan deal from Lazio permanent.

Hughton also pulled off another coup by managing to persuade his board to reject the advances of Chelsea for goalkeeper John Ruddy.

All in all it has been a fantastic summer at Carrow Road, and Canaries fans have good reason to be really excited about next season. Hughton has built a very solid squad and has every reason to hope his team can improve on last season's 11th-placed finish.

 

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