The proposed transfer of Gary Hooper to Norwich City seems to be going on a fair bit, and there have been some new developments. It seems that the striker has turned down the latest offer from Celtic for a new contract. Although, shockingly, it seems that the offer was not in line with the top earners at the Scottish club.
Therefore, the Canaries will now be confident that they can conclude the deal. Celtic’s position of negotiation seems to be weakening with the likelihood that the player is now ready to test himself in the Premier League. He may also feel his chances of breaking into the England squad will be boosted by playing his football in the best league in the world.
However, the protracted negotiations have taken a new twist now as talkSport are reporting that Grant Holt might be offered to sweeten the deal. But I find this element a little difficult to believe unless Norwich will definitely be signing more than one striker. So, I have put together a slideshow to take a look at this very issue.
There are certainly players within the Norwich set-up that might feel that their opportunities will be very limited if Norwich City were to sign one or two additional strikers. But I don’t think Grant Holt would be one of them.
However, it may well be that the person revealing the source has simply received the wrong idea. It might be that the Canaries would be prepared to offer a striker in part exchange but that Simeon Jackson or Steve Morison are likely to be more realistic candidates.
Let’s not forget there was a lot of speculation about Holt’s future in the summer. One of the first things that Chris Hughton did was to get that contract sorted. I find it a little hard to believe that the Norwich City manager has gone from thinking the player to be absolutely critical to feeling he is surplus to requirements in a matter of a few months.
The experience that he has is critical to Norwich City. If Gary Hooper does end up signing, then Holt may not play as regularly. But he is still a player that Chris Hughton will want to have in his squad.
There are some strikers that are purely goalscorers, players with a very good goalscoring records, but not players that contribute much to the team. This would not be the correct description of Holt.
The Norwich City striker is one of those that is a very useful addition to any team, even when he is not scoring goals. It’s really the work-rate that Holt possesses that is the most impressive element of his game. In my opinion, all teams need these kind of qualities. The Canaries might be able to replace his goals, but would miss his energy.
I understand that Norwich want to add to their attacking options, not merely replace one decent striker with another. Who knows who the club will end up acquiring in the transfer window, but I would hope that someone to partner Holt could be found.
Gary Hooper is a quality striker, and I would be delighted to welcome him to Carrow Road. But Grant Holt’s Norwich City career still has a way to go yet, and we must hold on to him. Even if we were able to sign two strikers, I still would think that Holt would have a part to play.