TRANSFER TALK: Sunderland linked with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Celtic's Gary Hooper celebrating his second goal during the Scottish Communities League Cup, Third Round match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Celtic's Gary Hooper celebrating his second goal during the Scottish Communities League Cup, Third Round match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
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CELTIC striker Gary Hooper has again been linked with a move to Sunderland.

Hooper has been rumored to have been on Sunderland’s radar for much of the last year, stretching back to Martin O’Neill’s tenure at the Stadium of Light.

The 25-year-old only has a year left on his Celtic contract and reports today suggest that could see Sunderland, Norwich, Hull and Southampton make a move for the frontman.

Paolo Di Canio is known to be keen on strengthening his striking options this summer after Sunderland’s struggles in the final third last season.

But the Black Cats are unlikely to shell out the £7million fee being mooted for Hooper.

Sunderland have been concentrating their efforts this summer on value-for-money signings from the Continent and are unlikely to splash out such a fee on a player entering the final 12 months of his contract.