Norwich sign Celtic's Hooper
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Norwich City have signed striker Gary Hooper from Scottish champions Celtic, the English Premier League club have announced.

The 25-year-old Hooper, who scored 31 goals for the Glasgow giants last season, has become the Canaries' seventh pre-season signing after he passed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Carrow Road club. Norwich manager Chris Hughton first tried to sign Hooper in January and has now finally got his man on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Hooper has been Celtic's leading goalscorer for the last three seasons, having joined from Scunthorpe in 2010 for £2.4 million and Hoops manager Neil Lennon said his departure of the club's best striker since Henrik Larsson was a "huge loss" for the Glasgow giants.

"There's been a lot of speculation going back to January and I'm pleased to have finally put pen to paper and joined Norwich," Hooper told the Norwich website. "I can't wait to get down to work, to get training with the lads and working with the coaching staff.

I have scored goals at every level I have played at and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me.
Gary Hoopeer

"I knew Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood from my youth days at Spurs so it will be great to be back working with them in the Premier League. I have scored goals at every level I have played at and the challenge of playing in the Premier League is really exciting to me."

Norwich have also signed Dutch duo Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer as well as Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond, full-backs Javier Garrido and Martin Olsson and goalkeeper Carlo Nash. Hooper won two Scottish Premier League titles at Celtic, two Scottish FA Cups and received the SPL Golden Boot for the 2011/12 season.

Lennon said: "For me he has been one of my best signings in so many ways - value for money, the improvement in the player, his goals and his link up play. I think he's been the best striker here since Henrik and he will be a huge loss to us.

"He has aspirations to play for England and to play in the Premier League. I wish him well. Part of me wants to strangle him but you don't want to stop the progression of some individuals. Gary feels the next step forward to try and break into the England team is to play in the Premier League."