Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has expressed his utter disappointment after missing out on Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
In a press conference earlier this week Redknapp had been both excited and confident of getting the sought-after star.
Yet the west London club's failure to agree personal terms with the client gave Norwich, who had before tried to land Hooper in the January transfer window, a chance to put in a bid which was then accepted.
It is thought that the bid was in the region of £5.5 million.
Reports say that Hooper has since passed a medical with the Premier League side and soon will sign a four-year-contract with the Canaries.
Redknapp said that missing out on Hooper was a ‘huge setback’ and was also disappointed for his club's delay in agreeing personal terms and concluding the deal with the striker.
Redknapp expressed his disappointment to the Daily Telegraph: "It’s very disappointing because I felt there was a deal to be done there but maybe this is a lesson learnt for us.
"You have to get transfers like this done quickly. If you take your time you are always open to the risk of somebody else coming in and that seems to be what’s happened with Gary Hooper."
He went on to say: "It’s definitely a huge setback for us because I thought he would have been a fantastic signing for us."
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