Lennon confident Hooper will stay

Neil Lennon remains confident Norwich target Gary Hooper will stay at Celtic this month despite rejecting a new contract.

Last Updated: 23/01/13 at 00:05 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Tevez: I'm going nowhere

Post comment

Carlos Tevez insists he never thought about following Antonio Conte out of Juventus.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Post comment

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

All Articles

Gary Hooper: Rejected a new contract

Gary Hooper: Rejected a new contract

Neil Lennon remains confident Gary Hooper, who has rejected a new contract, will still be at Celtic on February 1 after turning down a second bid from Norwich.

As we reported on Monday night, the Canaries made an improved bid to the one they submitted late last week for the striker but it was not accepted.

Lennon revealed the contract offer had been on the table since October and told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme: "We have had an improved offer, if you want to call it an improved offer, from Norwich that's been turned down automatically."

Lennon did not want to go into details about Norwich's offer but said it was not much more than the original figure.

When asked if it was £6million, Lennon said: "It was nowhere near six million. It was completely rejected and even if it was six million it would be completely rejected."

Lennon claimed little had changed with the situation of the striker, who has 18 months left on his deal.

When asked about reports that Hooper had rejected the club's latest offer, Lennon said: "It's not the latest offer because we made it two or three months ago.

"I'm disappointed again that these things have come out in public. I'm not too sure where they are coming from but it's certainly not us.

"It's as you were. He didn't like the look of the contract two or three months ago and nothing has changed.

"We feel it's a very good offer. It would put him in the top two or three highest-paid players at the club. I'm sure he wants to be the highest paid but you can't always get what you want."

Celtic paid Scunthorpe around £2million for Hooper in the summer of 2010, but Lennon claims he cannot see chief executive Peter Lawwell and the board cashing in on the 24-year-old this month.

"Not as far as I can see it," Lennon said. "We are very solid on that, myself, the backroom staff, Peter and the board."

Lennon, who picked Hooper in the starting line-up for his side's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United tonight, added: "Come February 1, the contract offer will be withdrawn.

"They have got a lot to think about, Gary and his representatives.

"If he doesn't want to sign the contract, that's his decision. It wouldn't be my advice, but it's Gary's decision, or his representative's decision.

"We are quite comfortable with that and we respect that.

"We made this offer in October and all of a sudden it has been rejected. It's no coincidence that it's the last 10 days of the (transfer) window, but we are quite comfortable with the whole situation.

"I'm pretty sure Gary will be a Celtic player come February 1. We have had private chats and he is really happy here. He wants to stay, he wants to see out the season, and we will have a look at the situation then."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Transfer news: Tottenham sign Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Swansea

Tottenham have signed Swansea duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, with Gylfi Sigurdsson moving in the opposite direction.

Transfer news: Fulham sign midfielder Adil Chihi on free transfer

Fulham have signed Morocco international Adil Chihi on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property