Villa boss Lambert targets Celtic striker Hooper

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is chasing Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is chasing Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

The People says Hooper was the subject of several bids from Norwich in January and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas made a personal check on him during that transfer window.

Celtic were desperate to hold on to Hooper while they remained in the Champions League and stood firm on their asking price – with £8million now expected to land the forward, who cost £2.4m from Scunthorpe in 2010.

Fulham and Sunderland are also fans of Hooper, while Villa see him as the perfect foil for Christian Benteke, who is interesting Inter Milan.

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