Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has denied the Canaries have made a multi-million pound offer for Celtic hitman Gary Hooper.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Hughton yesterday dismissed mounting speculation City had launched a firm bid for the Bhoys’ striker, who has reportedly rejected a fresh deal to stay at the Champions League qualifiers beyond his current contract.

“No, that is not correct,” said Hughton, when questioned directly on reports of a move for Hooper following his recent scouting trip to Parkhead. “We are looking for players to strengthen what we have already got. I know the media will link us with players in a certain position on the field, but we have never stated or quoted that we are looking at strikers. If we can improve the squad we will look to do it.

“There are always players that we going to be linked with. That is normal. That is the same for every club. One thing we are adamant about is anyone we bring in has got to really add to the quality we have. Certainly if something happens it will be because it is right for us. Would I like to add to the squad? Yes, I would. But only if it is the right player. I wouldn’t just bring somebody in just for the sake of a couple of names. They would have to be able to get into the team.”

Hughton refused to be drawn on serial reports putting Norwich in the frame for Swansea’s free-scoring striker Danny Graham and Leeds frontman Luciano Becchio, but the Norwich boss was prepared to distance the Canaries from a potential January move for Hamburg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred. Hughton labelled talk he had previously scouted the Norwegian during his spell at Newcastle as well wide of the mark.

“No, no I didn’t. Somebody else might have but I certainly didn’t,” he said. “I must admit I don’t know too much about him. The other two are both very good players but as I’ve already said, you probably know what the answer is. We will always do our work behind the scenes. We would like to do something but, if not, we are quite happy with the squad.”

Hughton yesterday sanctioned a loan return to Nottingham Forest for Elliott Ward until the end of the season that is likely to signal the end of his Canaries career, with the centre back able to move on in the summer as a free agent.

“Yes, probably. Of course it depends on how well he does and I am hoping he does well enough that Forest would like to offer him something at the end of that loan period,” said Hughton. “I know they’ve had a few well-documented problems of late but they have taken him back on the strength of what they saw in his first period. Yes, I certainly hope that leads to something permanent.”

Striker Chris Martin has also remained at League One promotion hopefuls Swindon for an additional month, but Hughton is not prepared to call time on Martin’s Norwich stint with the former academy prospect also in the final months of his current City deal.

“Chris is probably a little bit different. He has gone on a shorter loan period,” said Hughton. “He hasn’t played in all the games and he perhaps wouldn’t have scored the goals he would have liked and he is one we continue to assess but he needed to get away to play games.”

Latest Norwich City stories

29 comments

  • Am I the only person in Norfolk to notice that Chris Wood was sold by WBA to Leicester for a (reported) £1 million? He`s just scored his 5th goal part way into his 3rd game. Is there a hidden agenda here? After what he achieved @ Millwall, the 21 year old, 6` 3" NZ International was surely worth a punt. ODD.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • I was not trying to say Scottish PLAYERS are not up to it, but the Scottish Leagues! ScotCan, as an expat up there, seems to be concurring with that view. Is Jelavic really Scottish? Cafu is sort of a Scot. Snods has been in English footy for a while, as has Lapps (who is indeed a fine fellow). I worked in Edinburgh in the 70`s and regularly watched Hibs. I think the top tier in Scotland had a bit more depth in those days. If Cumbria were to be absorbed into Caledonia, Holty might at last get International recognition! Grant McHolt....Doc`s Tudur Jones factoid is very relevant.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Daily Mirror reports NCFC are considering bid for Carlton Cole, please will someone at the club quash this rumour PLEASE.

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Mad Brewer, Jelavic is certainly not Scottish but he joined Everton from Rangers. A good example of a player successfully making the transition from the SPL to the EPL. The point about Hooper is that he is untested at EPL level - he might make the grade or he might not. If he joins NCFC then we will all hope that he does but signing him has a significant element of the gamble about it (as there was for Everton in signing Jelavic, although he had played at a high level on the continent I believe).

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Steady on, Steady On. People I are merely pointing out that Gary Hooper is untested at the top level. Calling people who hold a slightly different opinion to you "mental" is simply rude as well as completely uncalled for. Personally I think that he has potential but that he comes with risks -Jelavic or the Middlesborough experience?

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • If NCFC are serious they should take Jacob Mulenga before the African Nations Cup as his value would undoubtedly rise if both he and Zambia do well.The Canaries are in the global market-place.A punt on African football could well pay off.OTBC.

    Report this comment

    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • CHRIS WOOD. Make that 6 goals in two and a half games. I`m in the wrong job, as is Millwall`s Kenny Jackett and WBA`s Steve Keane!

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • The Scottish thing seems to have worked well for Everton and Jelavić. I also do not see too many complaints about Whittaker, Snodgrass or Cafu! Lappin has also performed well when given a chance.

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • MB, think we had a go at the Scottish thing a few years back and that ended in tears too.

    Report this comment

    B Inners

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • If people don't see Gary Hooper as a huge signing they are mental. He's an amazing goalscorer regardless of league. If he comes here he will be a huge player. I think some people just want a player with an unpronounceable name.

    Report this comment

    Steady On

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • BBC should be more reliable than the Tabloids, ScotCan. What worries me about players from the SPL (aka Celtic) is that they are no longer exposed to really serious opposition (other than European competition). Steven Whittaker (from ex-SPL Rangers) looks classy but has had a bad start with injuries. Seem to recall Middlesbro` going down the Scottish route without success? There`s only one Grant Holt. We f*****g love Grant Holt!

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • You can tell we are now truly into the transfer silly season. All the denials have started, lots of speculation; which usually means we are just about ready to clinch the deal. Why Hoots doesn't keep quiet instead of fueling our fires goodness only knows. But then it does make for a little bit of excitement during this dreary month of January. otbc

    Report this comment

    Canarygirl

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • There are a lot of Norwich fans in the Shetlands. Do a search for - Twitter map finally reveals exactly where Manchester United fans live

    Report this comment

    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Maybe he wasn't up there looking for a midfielder or a striker but instead a goalkeeper? As Ruddy is out for the rest of the season do we have faith in Bunn for all that time? CH is a defensive minded manager and we've not been as good at the back with Bunn controlling defence. Might be the reason he gave Declan a go to see what his options are? After all he probably knows Forster from his time with Newcastle and Forster knows our club so seems like an easy fit. Some rumours going around that Fergie wants Ruddy at Man U. If an offer came in we'd probably let him go and have a chance at a bigger club, Europe and England career etc.

    Report this comment

    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Well of course Holty is Cumbrian + Cumbria is part of Scotland anyway really ( as I often tell my Cumbrian born Dad when I want to wind him up ...).

    Report this comment

    Timbo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • If city want to stay in prem leaque they must get a strikerbreaking our transfer record lets get hooper before someone else snaps him up like whu or qpr get him quick or we will lose out otbc

    Report this comment

    pete22

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Canarygirl, I think the point of the article IS that Hoots is keeping quiet! All this speculation seems to be coming from journos, Hoots is only denying interest. Anyway I agree with the rest of your point, I wonder who we'll be linked with this afternoon. My bet (long odds I know) is Hughton using his Newcastle connection to persuade Alan Shearer out of retirement!

    Report this comment

    DocOhNo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Strong statement on BBC Sport this morning "Norwich are close to completing a deal for Celtic striker Gary Hooper". Seems to be sourced from TalkSport. Big questions: Are Hooper and Danny Graham good enough to take NCFC to the next level? And if not who do we think could, in the striking department? Can we afford them?

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Maybe he wasn't up there looking for a midfielder or a striker but instead a goalkeeper? As Ruddy is out for the rest of the season do we have faith in Bunn for all that time? CH is a defensive minded manager and we've not been as good at the back with Bunn controlling defence. Might be the reason he gave Declan a go to see what his options are? After all he probably knows Forster from his time with Newcastle and Forster knows our club so seems like an easy fit. Some rumours going around that Fergie wants Ruddy at Man U. If an offer came in we'd probably let him go and have a chance at a bigger club, Europe and England career etc.

    Report this comment

    Oz Canary

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Btw, ScotCan, I suggested a while back that Chris Wood (of WBA, at the time on loan at Millwall) might be worth a punt. As it turned out, Leicester paid a huge £1 million or so for him and he`s scored three times in his first 2 games. 21 yrs old, 6` 3", NZ International. But why didn`t WBA want to keep him? Why only £1 million? Funny old world.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • @Madbrewer, thats a bit discriminate, there are plenty of Scottish players making a go of it worldwide, Have you ever actually watched SPL games? They can (not always) be very entertaining with lots of goals, Scottish teams give themselves a good account in Europe! (Celtic beat Barcelona and Hearts gave Liverpool a run for thier money) I have played North and South of the border at semi pro and the game is just as good! This, is coming from an Englishman! If Hooper does sign for the Canaries he will be a great addition! Hughton should also look at Aberdeen's Niall McGivern

    Report this comment

    d, west lynn

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Gary Hooper is English and I'd love to see him in the Green & Yellow. Given the ball in the box, he will score in the Premiership.

    Report this comment

    Bootneck R.M.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Putting things in context, Inverness Caledonian Thistle are 2nd in the SPL. According to the BBC website Owen Tenpole Tudor Jones has 17 starts out of 21 games so far. He hardly got a game for us in League 1.

    Report this comment

    DocOhNo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • In the nineties Norwich were in a comfortable position in the premier league mid season when Bryan Gunn was injured. There was much talk about buying a replacement keeper but Chase in his wisdom decided against the expenditure. City were subsequently relegated. At the moment City need a striker - buy now before its too late!!!

    Report this comment

    VictorM

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Steady on, Steady On. That sort of talk is gratuitous, rude and completely uncalled for. I think that we can all agree that Hooper would be something of a risk (although all signings are to a greater or lesser degree, I concede). Most importantly Hoots seems to be suggesting in his latest comments that signings from the continent are more likely than form these islands - I have to say that I agree with his approach.

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • MB, Chris Wood would have been a great signing for the price. I hope that Hughton is looking at strikers. We are in desperate need of someone up top to take the pressure off Holt and put the ball in the net on a regular basis in the second half of the season. Hooper would be a great signing. But surely with Celtic still being involved in the Champions League he will stay until the end of the season. He is guaranteed a move then, should he want one. And I would imagine that other teams are ahead of us in a queue for his signature anyhow.

    Report this comment

    DT

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Having lived as an expatriate in Scotland for 24 years now, and attended innumerable games, I can assure all that the standard of the SPL below the top three places (Celtic, Rangers plus one) and now top two (Celtic plus one) is roughly equivalent to that in the lower reaches of the Championship and the upper reaches of League 1.

    Report this comment

    ScotCan

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • I'm with you Wivanhoe!

    Report this comment

    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT