According to Sky it appears that QPR have lost out to Norwich in their bid to sign 25-year-old Gary Hooper from Celtic with Sky reporting that the striker will join the Canaries for £5.5 million.
The news will come as a shock to QPR boss Harry Rednapp who thought it was all but a done deal for QPR with Rednapp earlier saying:
“It looks like it’s on its way to being done. Negotiations have gone well.
“He’s a finisher. He’ll score goals in the Championship; I’m absolutely certain of that.
“He’s gone to Celtic; one of the biggest clubs in the world and he’s scored goals. He’s scored goals in the Champions League.
“He’s in the last year of his contract, so it’s a good deal for everybody. It’s good for Celtic to get the kind of money they are getting and hopefully it will be a great deal for QPR.
“If he can come here and get 25 goals next season, then we will have a real chance of getting out of the division.”
Meanwhile Norwich manager Chris Hughton when asked about the former Scunthorpe player following the Canaries 1-0 lost to the Portland Timbers on their summer tour of America said:
“We are still working very hard.
“It is very difficult for me with the eight-hour time difference, but even with the conversations I am having with the chief scout it is trying to find the right times. Nothing imminent, but we are still working.”
Hughton will be delighted when he wakes up and hears the news that Norwich have got a new striker for what appears to be a very good price.