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Southampton to prepare third and final bid for Celtic's Hooper

Southampton will table a third and final offer for Celtic striker Gary Hooper in a bid to lure him away from Celtic Park.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins, who managed Hooper at Scunthorpe United, is keen to get the 23-year old to St Mary's Stadium as he chases promotion to the Premier League and it is believed he will up the ante and offer £6million to the Hoops.

Adkins is well aware of Hooper's abilities and is still keen to pursue the striker despite Celtic boss Neil Lennon's hands off warning.

"Gary is an exceptionally good footballer who I know from before," he said.

"I'd like to think we've got another player joining us this week. Our endeavour is to bring another striker into the football club.

"Obviously if Neil is going to say another club has come in with a bid then I am not going to go against what another manager is saying."

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