Celtic accept QPR bid for Hooper

After a flurry of transfer speculation over Englishman Gary Hooper, Glasgow Celtic have finally accepted an offer from Championship side QPR for the player.

The bid, believed to be in the region of £5million has been accepted by the Scottish Champions who had been hopeful of hanging on the the 25-year-old striker.

Hooper joined Celtic from Scunthorpe United in 2010 and has been prolific, scoring 63 times in 95 appearances.  He has also been part of two league winning side, won two Scottish cups and was part of Celtic’s exciting European adventure last season when they reached the last 16 of the Champions League.

Hooper started his youth career at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Maldon Town and then onto Grays Athletic.  He made his senior debut for Grays in 2004 and between then and 2006 he played 69 times and scored 20 goals.

His impressive form was rewarded with a move to Southend United in 2006 and whilst there he had loan spells at Leyton Orient and Hereford United.  He scored 2 times in 32 appearances for Southend and an impressive 11 goals in 19 appearances for Hereford.

In 2008 he made the switch to Scunthorpe for a fee of £125,000 rising to £175,000,sigining a three year deal with the League One club.

This isn’t the first attempt QPR have made to sign the player, the London side had a £1million offer rejected in 2009.

Earlier this week, Celtic boss Lennon was still unsure if the Englishman’s future lay at Celtic Park and Hooper even played a part in Celtic’s Champions League qualifying win over Cliftonville yesterday.

Speaking about the Harlow born player, Lennon had said :  “I don’t know where Gary’s head is right now.  I’m going to speak to him. I’ve been in Belfast and then London, so I’ll get a sit-down with him and see how he is. He looked good in training, so we’ll just see where he is mentally, but I would like to play him if I could.

“There is no change in his situation, just talks ongoing between the club and the representatives.”

It is likely now that the deal will go through.  If personal terms can be agreed Hooper could well be a QPR player within days.

He will help aide Harry Redknapp bounce straight back to the Premier League after the disappointment of last seasons relegation.

And with Richard Dunne also signing recently, the backbone of the QPR side could be a robust one when the new league campaign kicks off in the coming weeks.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.