Gary Hooper is all set for a return to English Football with Premier League side Norwich City.
Even though QPR were in the race to secure his services, it is believed that Hooper is preferring a move to the Premier League ahead of the Championship.
Norwich City who had several bids rejected for Hooper during last january's transfer window, reignited their interest after QPR's agreement with Celtic and it is believed that playing in the top flight have given them an advantage over Harry Redknapp's side.
Hooper was at Carrow Road yesterday discussing personal terms with the 25-year-old striker also passing a medical with the Canaries. Hooper looks all set for a switch from the Scottish to the English Premier League.
Hooper has become a talismanic figure with Celtic since moving from Scunthorpe United in 2010. Scoring 82 goals in 138 appearances during this period shows the worth of the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee.
The striker was on top-form last season scoring goals for fun for the Celtic Park club. He finished last season by scoring 31 goals in 51 games, including 4 in the UEFA Champions League. His performances in the League and Europe over the seasons were noticed by clubs across Europe and interest was mounting on him since then.
Hooper has been living up to his billing as a poacher with his goalscoring exploits across the competitions. His performances in Champions League and Europa League means that he is capable of performing on a bigger stage. Hooper belongs to a select group and the Premier League fans will be witnessing his finishing skills soon.
Whenever there is a sniff of goal, sharp reactions can be expected from Hooper. With his excellent first touch, he has the ability to evade defenders putting himself in a strong position to pull the trigger.
His ability to adapt to the playing speed and tempo of the game, will make the Englishman an influential figure to the Canaries ranks. Hooper can contribute well in a quick counter attack situation as well as in slow build up play. Norwich missed a proven finisher last season, as they endured frequent frustrating goalless outings. Hooper along with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is certainly going to increase the Canaries hopes and expectations.
Hooper prefers to play on the shoulder of last man and pounce on any mishaps by the defender. At the same time, Hooper has the ability to hold on to the ball to make space for his team mates allowing for more goal-scoring opportunities to arise.
Hooper can without doubt be included in the category of an all round forward. Can he repeat his magic in premier league?
Even though Norwich City have strengthened their strike force with the addition of Van Wolfswinkel, the departure of Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson means that there is plenty of room for the new signings to make their mark.
With a fresh attacking line-up oozing class and talent, Norwich will certainly be hoping to improve their goalscoring records this season.
Hooper is all set to become one of the highest earners for the canaries. Will he be worth the money? Can Hooper make a better impression than Van Wolfswinkel? Can he continue his goalscoring exploits to make a mark in Premier League?
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