Following much interest in his services and an apparent move to QPR on the cards, Norwich City have stolen a march on their rivals as Gary Hooper passed his medical at Carrow Road yesterday evening.

It is understood that having accepted a bid of around £5million for the striker from Rangers, Norwich also made an offer of the same figure as their former Premier League counterparts.  

And with Hooper dreaming of playing in the Premier League, Norwich can offer Hooper that chance instantly rather than QPR, who will be hoping to bounce straight back up from the Championship after Harry Redknapp could not save the doomed London side last season.

Hooper, 25, blasted in 31 goals for Celtic last season and manager Neil Lennon stated how valuable he was to the club in January, when a move for him was mentioned during the winter transfer window.  

His goal tally last season meant he has now been the Bhoys' topscorer for the last three seasons and it is little wonder Lennon was keen to hang onto the striker who cost £2.4million from Scunthorpe in 2010.

Having agreed a fee and passing a medical, Norwich will now be hoping to tie up the loose ends of the deal in plenty of time before the new Premier League season.  

Having already made a statement of intent with the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon for £8.5million this summer, a deal that was done before the window reopened, boss Chris Hughton will be eager to see if the two strikers can form a deadly partnership upfront.

Van Wolfswinkel was once a much sought after prospect, and his arrival along with Norwich's other summer signings shows that the Canaries are set on keeping their place in the Premier League.  

The addition of Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer is a good acquisition for Hughton, as well as the signing of young winger Nathan Redmond from Birmingham City who attracted much attention himself before Norwich sealed his signature for a £3.2million fee.  

And the free signing of former Manchester City full-back Javier Garrido from Lazio also bolsters the options available to Hughton in defence.

Should the rest of Hooper's proposed move to East Anglia run smoothly, it will be another good buy from Hughton who has gone about his transfer business both smoothly and directly.


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