Tottenham are willing to give Celtic striker Gary Hooper the opportunity of a return to White Hart Lane in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The Englishman or at least his agent (who’s charge was linked with a move south of the border to join Norwich in January), has made it clear he wants to move away from Parkhead and his first club Tottenham is the favoured destination.
The 25 year old, who told FourFourTwo he supported Spurs, was at White Hart Lane as a youngster but never cut the grade and was released in 2002; he then worked his way up the English leagues to get his move to the Scottish champions in 2010 from Scunthorpe.
Hooper has supposedly told Celtic manager Neil Lennon that he won’t be signing a new contract, but the Bhoys still fought off offers for the striker from all corners of Europe especially Carrow Road. Celtic turned down five offers from Norwich according to Jim White on transfer deadline day, the last was reportedly worth £8 million, but the were thought to be holding out for £10 million.
The Harlow born striker has been prolific in the Scottish Premier League, scoring 13 goals in 20 games in the league and leads the way for his club with 23 in 35 in all competitions. Some people may not be very impressed by the record and say the standard in Scotland isn’t as high as the Premier League.
True, but he has proved himself in the Champions League bagging four in nine this campaign, including a goal in both games in the group stage against Spartak Moscow, helping them qualify for the last 16.
It will be a big step up if he does make the move south of the border into the Premier League, but he has got the attributes to cope with the English game.
He’s strong, a quality essential north and south of the border, riding tackles well and holding up the ball. With a sixth sense for goal he has a great touch and has became the most feared and wanted striker in the SPL.
The price tag of £1o million might seem a bit steep, but with Hooper’s willingness to join Spurs and the lack of forwards at White Hart Lane it might be a perfect match. Something that might interest Andre Villas Boas and Daniel Levy is the fact that he has stated he won’t be signing a new deal at Celtic Park, which may drive down the asking fee.