Liverpool may come after Demba Ba in the January transfer window, although they may find it difficult to agree terms with the Senegal striker, but another striker that’s on Liverpool’s radar screen is said to be 24 year-old Gary Hooper of Celtic.
Gary Hooper – are Newcastle interested in this striker?
Newcastle United are also said to be interested in the striker, and it’s the not the first time we’ve been linked with this English striker, who was born in Harlow, and moved to Celtic from Scunthorpe United in 2010, but we’ve never rated the lad too highly.
The Scottish Sun is reporting that Hooper has 18 months of his current deal to run, and he has been in contact with the Celtic hierarchy about an extension to his contract, but it seems that Celtic are balking at his wage demands, which are said to be £25K/week.
The Scottish paper is reporting that both Liverpool and Newcastle United are interested, and we knew Liverpool were interested in the player, but this is the first time Newcastle have been mentioned.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon obviously wants a new deal for his striker, who was signed for 2.4M, and Lennon said this recently:
“We’re hoping to talk to his agent soon about a new deal but he’s just put £25,000 a week on his wage.”
Newcastle may be interested in the player in the hope of getting a good deal, with Gary’s contract having only 18 months to run, but Celtic will want more than the £2.4M they paid out for him a couple of years ago.
Hooper has scored 60 goals in 100 appearances for Celtic, but of course we’ve seen strikers with fantastic goal scoring records at both Celtic and Rangers, not be able to cut it in the English Leagues, with Kris Boyd being a good recent example.
While at Scunthorpe, Hooper scored 50 goals in 95 appearances in the lower divisions of the English Football League.
Newcastle do need to bring in a new striker in January, and may be forced to do so if Demba Ba moves on via the release clause in his contract, but we have our doubts about whether Gary is good enough for Newcastle – what do you think?
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