News this morning that Scunthorpe’s Gary Hooper appears set to join Newcastle United.
Gary Hooper – nearly a Newcastle player?
The Daily Express is reporting that Newcastle will pay a decent £2.5M for the 22-year-old striker, who has 43 goals in 80 appearances for Scunthorpe, and stands 5’9″ tall.
Leeds United have been interested in the player for a while, but it would appear the transfer fee was a stumbling point – but not so for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton said yesterday he had money to spend in the transfer market – we suppose not much, but Chris was looking for bargain buys, and this lad may be a good buy – at £ 2.5M.
Gary turned 22 last January, and could be a perfect partner for Newcastle’s new number 9 striker Andy Carroll.
This is Gary’s career so far, with games played, and in brackets goals scored.
2004 -2006 Grays Athletic 69 (20)
2006–2008 Southend United 32 (2)
2007 – Leyton Orient (loan) 4 (2)
2008 – Hereford United (loan) 19 (11)
2008– Scunthorpe United 80 (43)
By our reckoning the lad has scored 78 goals in 204 first class appearances.
Hooper scored an amazing 30 goals for Scunthorpe last season, having joined the club from Southend United in July, 2008, for a fee of £125,000.
This player is within the guidelines of players Newcastle would like to sign this summer, young players who still have improvement ahead of them.
We have no idea if this report is true, but assuming it is – what do you think of this player?
Written from London, England.