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Norwich set to hijack QPR's bid for Celtic striker

ESPN staff
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Hooper has scored 82 goals in 137 appearances for Celtic © PA Photos
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Norwich City look set to hijack Queens Park Rangers' bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper after the Premier League side agreed a fee with the Scottish champions.

The 25-year-old looked set for a move to the Championship after a bid in the region of £5m was accepted by Celtic on Wednesday, but Norwich are understood to have now matched their valuation of the former Scunthorpe player.

The prospect of top flight football is expected to tempt Hooper to Carrow Road over West London.

The news will be a blow to QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who backed Hooper to score the goals that will ensure a quick return to the Premier League for QPR following their relegation last season.

Regarding the deal, Redknapp told BBC Radio Scotland: "It looks like it's on its way to being done and negotiations have gone well.

"He's a finisher. He'll score goals in the Championship, I'm absolutely certain of that."

But Norwich's late intervention leaves his Loftus Road move in doubt, with the player now facing a choice between the two clubs.

The striker, a substitute in Tuesday's Champions League qualifying win against Cliftonville, scored 31 goals for the Scottish champions last season.

Hooper has been Celtic's top scorer in all three seasons since moving to Parkhead from Scunthorpe in a £2.4 million deal in 2010.

Hull City are also reported to be interested in Hooper.

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