Celtic striker responds to Newcastle link

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Celtic striker Gary Hooper has rejected speculation that he could be set for a move back to England with Newcastle reports

The 23-year-old former Scunthorpe hitman, has long been linked with a return to England with considerable interest from the Barclays Premier League.

"There's nothing on that," Hooper said of the transfer rumours. "I'm happy up here, I'm settled, I've got a house up here.

"I'm focusing on winning games, every game. That's the main thing - to take it from there."

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon will be pleased with Hooper's comments, as he won't want to lose his star striker as he bids to turn Celtic's season around.

After arriving at Parkhead for £2.4million in July 2010, Hooper has gone on to become a fans' favourite amongst the Celtic Park faithful, having scored 24 goals in 36 Hoops appearances.

His impressive form has led to Magpies boss Alan Pardew being credited with an interest, and rumours that he could look to use Newcastle's strengthening relationship with Celtic to engineer a move to St James' Park after the two sides continue to exchange players on a loan basis, continue to gather pace.

The Toon Army are still looking to fill the void left by the January sale of Andy Carroll, and the fans will be hoping for further transfer activity when the window reopens in order to sustain their impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign.

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