Premier League duo Newcastle United and Liverpool are being linked with Celtic and Scotland striker Gary Hooper according to the Scottish Sun.
Gary Hooper has done well north of the border in the SPL since joining Celtic from Scunthorpe United in 2010 for a fee of £2.4 million.
The 24-year-old has a strike rate better than a goal every other game in his two years in Scotland and continues to impress this season.
Hooper was central to Celtic securing the first ever away win in the Champions League earlier this month, as he scored the Bhoys’ opener in their 3-2 win over Russian club Spartak Moscow.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon realises the importance of securing Hooper to a new deal, which currently runs until the summer of 2014, as his stock continues to rise.
Lennon told the Scottish Sun that: “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,” after his goal in Europe’s premier competition.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be a long-time admirer of Hooper, but Newcastle are also reported to be taking a keen interest in the striker.
The Reds’ need for a striker sees them to continue to be linked with Newcastle’s Demba Ba in the newspapers, and if that move was to go through in January then maybe the Magpies would be looking at Hooper as a possible replacement.
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