Sooper Bid Required For Hooper
Caltic don't want to lose a striker who has scored 18 goals so far this season but if the price is right
Neil Lennon expects a few phone calls before the end of January about striker Gary Hooper. Celtic dismissed what they described as a derisory £5m bid from Norwich for the Englishman, who took his season's tally to 18 with a brace in yesterday's 4-1 win over Hearts . Hooper's form in the Champions League, along with team-mate Fraser Forster, has been noted by England coach Roy Hodgson which does no harm for their confidence or value. However, the Celtic manager stressed it will take an exceptional bid for chief executive Peter Lawwell to consider allowing Hooper to leave. Lennon said: "Everyone has their price and what Gary's price is will be down to the board and myself to decide. What we were offered on Thursday was nowhere near our valuation of the player. We don't have a set figure, however, goalscorers are at a premium and Gary is a goalscorer so we will set the bar pretty high for him. I am hearing that they (Norwich) might come again but good luck to them on that. He is at a big club as it is and he is in the Champions League. His ambition possibly is to play in the Premier League and I think he is good enough to do it now, there is no question about that. It just depends on the level he wants to play at and I don't think he is far away from international level as well. I mentioned him to Roy last week and he said he is keeping tabs on the two boys so it's all good. I am not going to stop any of the guys' progress because I wouldn't have wanted that done to myself, but I am the manager of the club and they have to do what Peter Lawwell and I think is best for the club's interests and, in the short term, it is keeping Gary Hooper here. But we still have two weeks to go of the transfer window and the last week gets pretty heavy. I am sure he is on the radar of plenty of clubs."
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