QPR close to securing Celtic striker Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper might have played his final game for Celtic, with Harry Redknapp confident of doing a deal for the 25-year-old striker.
July 25th, 2013
Hooper has scored 63 goals in 95 appearances for the Scottish champions since arriving in 2010 and now looks set to return south of the border, with Redknapp looking for the forward to spearhead the team’s promotion challenge.
A deal has been agreed between the two clubs, with the QPR boss expecting the player to score the goals that can help Rangers ensure that their stay in the Championship is a short one.
Redknapp told BBC Radio Scotland: “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.
“I think Gary is capable of reaching that sort of target.
“We’re going to need two strikers and I think they are going to have to weigh in with 50 goals.”
Loic Remy is likely to leave Loftus Road in the next few weeks, although it’s possible that Bobby Zamora will be paired with Hooper as QPR look to make an immediate return to the Premier League.