Norwich City: 4 Reasons the Canaries Will Not Sign Gary Hooper
The Daily Mirror is speculating wildly and suggesting that Norwich City will pay Celtic’s Gary Hooper £30,000 per week to make a move to the Premier League. I would be happy enough if this rumor proves to be correct because the lad is a natural-born goalscorer.
However, the realist in me is going off at the mere thought of Hooper banging in the goals in a Norwich City shirt. Therefore, I thought I might as well get some thoughts down for the Bleacher Report-viewing public.
But, of course, if the deal does happen, then naturally I didn’t say any of this.
So, grab whatever you need to enjoy my latest Norwich City-inspired slideshow.
What’s That? We Are Paying Him £30,000 Per Week?
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I know we have moved on a lot in the last few years, but I’m not quite sure we are at a level to pay players £30,000 per week.
It’s a nice idea, but this would surely cause internal problems with other players in the squad who feel they should be paid the same.
Of course, even at that price there is certainly no guarantee that the trick would work. The Canaries might spend that money on a player who is simply incapable of scoring Premier League goals. I think this is highly unlikely, but every transfer is a gamble.
The bigger the contract, the bigger the risk.
Don’t Forget That Celtic Would Want a Chunk of Change
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Even in the unlikely event that David McNally could be persuaded in parting with £30,000 per week to secure Hooper, there is also the problem of negotiating a suitable deal with Celtic.
Now, irrespective of any contractual problems he might have with them, there is simply no way that he will be allowed to leave on the cheap.
In fact, I think it’s fair to say that they may well demand in the region of £8-10 million for a striker with his qualities. Of course, the Canaries might have this kind of money available, but I suspect Chris Hughton will ideally want three to five new players.
Therefore, it might be more realistic to believe that the manager will be after several players at £2-3 million each.
Gary Hooper May Not Be a Regular in the Side
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I think we have now established that the player is likely to come at a high price, especially if the wage and transfer cost are both taken into account. There is, of course, a school of thought that the deal might be worth it if he became a key player in the side.
However, we know that Chris Hughton prefers to play a 4-2-3-1 system, which typically means using just one striker for the majority of the match. I understand that Hooper would be a significant upgrade on Steve Morison as an impact sub.
But Hooper is simply too expensive to play such a role.
Of course, there is the possibility that Hooper would be used as the main striker instead of Grant Holt, but I find that idea a little hard to grasp after everything that Holt has achieved over the last few years.
Norwich City Aren’t Desperate
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The best strikers in the world often cost serious money. Therefore, it is understandable that Norwich don’t have one given their rise from the depths of lower-league football. Grant Holt did a very good job for the club last season by scoring 15 league goals.
However, the club now need to look toward the future and a potential long-term replacement for Holt. Twenty-four-year-old Hooper may well fit the bill, but the team will feel that they have enough firepower to sustain Premier League football for another season.
It is a well-known fact the January transfer window is not the time to find value for money. The link with Hooper may well be genuine, but I would think that the Canaries would rather do their negotiations during the summer.