Chris Hughton wants Danny Graham and Gary Hooper to boost Norwich’s Premier League survival mission – but the City boss will play no part in the transfer window horse-trading.

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Hughton confirmed after watching Liverpool dismantle his side that separate bids – reportedly in the region of a combined £10m for both – have been made for Swansea hitman Graham and Celtic’s English-bred forward Hooper.

The former Scunthorpe striker struck another brace in the Bhoys’ 4-1 weekend league win over Hearts, after which Parkhead chief Neil Lennon revealed he expects City to up the ante with a renewed offer after Celtic rejected their opening gambit.

Hughton has identified Hooper and Graham as the men to add fresh firepower to his squad, but the Norwich boss knows that hinges on City’s negotiating prowess behind-the-scenes.

“That’s left to the powers-that-be. Most are aware that we have put in a couple of offers for players. Now it is down to others to see whether that has any more mileage in it.

“Ultimately those players are not ours, they belong to other clubs and they will have the say on whether that goes any further.

“But we’re trying and we’re pushing. They are additional players we feel would strengthen our squad. Numbers-wise, we’re okay but certainly if there’s the opportunity to add quality to what we have, then we will look for that opportunity and we have worked very hard to do that.

“Of course the communication is between clubs and Celtic made a statement (on Hooper), which we have to respect, and he is their player so we see where it takes us.”

Lennon reiterated Celtic are under no pressure to sell one of their prized assets but he admitted every member of his squad has their price – including Hooper.

“We had a chat on Friday night after speaking to his representatives and we wanted to make our position clear to him and he is quite comfortable with it all,” said Lennon.

“We have made it clear that we are not selling him, we don’t want him to go, especially at this juncture of the season.

“However, everyone has their price and what Gary’s price is will be down to the board and myself to decide. What we were offered on Thursday was nowhere near our valuation of the player.

“We don’t have a set figure, however, goalscorers are at a premium and Gary is a goalscorer so we will set the bar pretty high for him. I am hearing that they (Norwich) might come again but good luck to them on that.”

Hooper has 18 months of his current deal with the reigning Scottish champions and Champions League last 16 qualifiers left to run.

Lennon believes the 24-year-old, who took his tally to 19 goals in 30 games at the weekend, can emulate former Norwich loanee Fraser Forster and eventually break into the England reckoning plying his trade north of the border.

“He is at a big club as it is and he is in the Champions League. His ambition possibly is to play in the Premier League and I think he is good enough to do it now, there is no question about that,” he said.

“It just depends on the level he wants to play at and I don’t think he is far away from international level as well.

“I mentioned him to Roy (Hodgson) last week and he said he is keeping tabs on the two boys so it’s all good.

“I am not going to stop any of the guys’ progress because I wouldn’t have wanted that done to myself.

“But I am the manager of the club and they have to do what (chief executive) Peter Lawwell and I think is best for the club’s interests and, in the short term, it is keeping Gary Hooper here.

“But we still have two weeks to go of the transfer window and the last week gets pretty heavy. I am sure he is on the radar of plenty of clubs, it’s just Norwich who have come in first.”

19 comments

  • Buying these 2 will show we are ambitious. So what, we pay over the odds and lose 3 or 4 million - how many millions will we lose if we dont cough up and end up dumped in the championship again with a tag of unambitious!

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    Henry

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Signing both of them would be a brilliant piece of business. I agree Henry, stump up the money. Staying in the Prem means more financially than any other season in recent times.

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    Canarylem

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Give him the money Simple as that OTBC

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    Spud

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If we stay in pl how much is it worth to city got to be worth a gamble on dg and gh lets get it sorted quickly otbc

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    pete22

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Doubt very much if we get hooper spurs and qpr now interested got to move quick if we want him plus a realy good offer got to look what we will gain next season in pl r we prepared to gamble otbc

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    pete22

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • If we can sign both Hooper and Graham that would be so massive for us. We need something big to cheer us all up at the moment. Though all the rumours indicate that Graham will go to Sunderland; I really do hope we can persuade both to come to City. We are still attractive enough to entice top names to the club!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Get Zarate, Gouffran or Jones otherwise

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Would be a big scoop to have both of them Danny G and Hooper but very unlikely that would happen.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Can someone from ncfc confirm that we have had an increased bid for hooperturned down just now read it on talksport website.also that hooper has turned down an increased offer from celtic.if we can beleive talksport .otbc

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    pete22

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • It would cheaper to pay a little more now to buy the players that CH wants than to get relegated which would cost us a great deal more

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Get an extra goalie in case we break another one, or have one that doesn`t work very well. Give Dec & Jed a chance as twin strikers. Give away a few more contracted players for free. Pay compo for a young player then ignore him. Get a striker on loan and leave him on the bench. Simples, even Bewilderwood could do it. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • With them both, will they play together and if not, if Hughton's sticks with the loan striker, where will it leave Holt...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Buying these 2 will show we are ambitious. So what, we pay over the odds and lose 3 or 4 million - how many millions will we lose if we dont cough up and end up dumped in the championship again with a tag of unambitious!

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    Henry

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Not sure I see the point of bringing in new strikers if Hughton expects them to play up front on their own in his negative formation.

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    jigs69

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Why buy both when he only plays one up front.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Quick, get on the train and down to Portaloo Road, they have released a striker for free! Jason Scotland.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • STRIKER UPDATE! Birmingham have told Marlon King and Nicola Zigic they can go due to money shortage!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If we stay in pl how much is it worth to city got to be worth a gamble on dg and gh lets get it sorted quickly otbc

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    pete22

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Get the cheque book out and fund both transfers - unless you want Championship football next season that is.

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    Henry

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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