We have just received some breaking news in the Football Transfer Tavern, reported by Metro journalist Jamie Sanderson that Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a surprise January swoop for Celtic’s prolific striker Gary Hooper.
Our landlord has learnt that Spurs are ready to rival Norwich City for the former Grays Athletic and Scunthorpe United hitman.
Norwich have already had a £5 million offer rejected for the forward, who has netted 20 times for the Parkhead club, after he attracted Premier League attention with his fine displays for Celtic during their exploits in the Champions League group stages.
After coming through the Spurs academy as a youngster, the Tottenham supporter’s head will be surely be turned by this interest from his beloved club.
Tottenham are looking for reinforcements in attack during the window and a move for the prolific forward man makes sense.
Harry Redknapp’s QPR and Liverpool are also thought to be ready to join the bidding war for the 24-year-old who is valued at £8m by the SPL leaders.
Villas-Boas is expecting to wait to see who else comes in for Hooper and could be set to make a deadline day bid to force Celtic’s hand and snare the impressive marksman.