Southampton set to return for Celtic hitman

After some fine performances in the Champions League for Celtic, Gary Hooper’s name is constantly being linked in the Football Transfer Tavern with a move to the Premier League. Today is no different as a Mirror Football correspondent reports that Southampton will once again try to sign the prolific striker in January.

Hooper starred under Southampton manager Nigel Adkins at Scunthorpe as the club spent a remarkable two seasons in the Championship before he was sold to Neil Lennon’s Celtic for a bargain £2.4 million at the start of the 2010 season.

The 23-year-old has since flourished in the SPL, scoring 63 goals in just 108 appearances for the Bhoys including two goals in the Champions League group stage this term which has led to interest from various Premier League clubs.

The Saints have twice previously tried to secure the English-born striker but were knocked back in their attempts, however the Mirror reports it could be third time lucky for the St. Mary’s side.

Playing again under his irresistible former boss will certainly appeal to Hooper but the opportunity to feature in the last 16 of the Champions League may result in him staying at Celtic Park until the end of the current season at least.

The Saints appear to have turned the corner in their battle to stay in the Premier League and it is thought that Adkins will spend the January transfer window shoring up his defence rather than adding more attacking options to his free-scoring side.

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