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Gary Hooper wants a move to Spurs – who are also eyeing up Osvaldo

By Stefano on February 14th, 2013

Yesterday we mentioned how Arsenal and other clubs were tracking Celtic’s Victor Wanyama. Now it seems that one of his team mates might also be mulling over a move to the Premiership.

Gary Hooper, who is you your remember was the subject of five failed bids from Norwich during the transfer window, is rumoured by the Metro to be ready to push for a move to the Premiership with Spurs his chosen destination

The Metro says

Hooper is understood to have made it clear to manager Neil Lennon that he won’t be signing a new contract at Celtic, and was reportedly promised a summer switch if he didn’t push through a transfer last month.

The ex-Scunthorpe striker duly obliged, and despite Liverpool, Newcastle and a string of Russian clubs all showing an interest Hooper has told his agent to try to negotiate a switch to Tottenham.

Hooper was on the books at Spurs as a youngster but never quite made the grade there. Having been a success in the Champions League this season with Celtic Hooper would quite possibly get a second shot of the competition with Spurs, providing they continue their current vein of form.

Spurs apparently made enquiries about the player on transfer day but were put off by the English stars £10 million price tag. It seems that they may be ready to pay the money this time.

It is depressing news for Celtic fans, but Hooper has made it clear that he has ambitions to play more regularly for the national side and the BBC acknowledged on Tuesday England boss Roy Hodgson is only an occasional visitor to Glasgow.

Meanwhile The Express is suggesting that Spurs are also going to chase another one of their winter transfer targets in the summer. Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo has scored 11 times in 18 games this year but the Express says Roma are willing to sell him because of his poor disciplinary record.


Arsenal rival Fulham in chase for Dutch keeper

By Stefano on January 11th, 2013

It seems that Arsenal’s search for a new keeper didn’t end with speculative moves for Pepe Reina. According to an Italian paper Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg fancies a move to the Premiership and Arsenal and Fulham are competing for his £3.5million signature.

The story broke first in Gazzetta dello Sport (Stekelenburg is current at Roma) which suggest that both Arsenal and Fulham are negotiationing with the club to sign the player.

Stekelenburg has had a tricky few years in Roma since moving in summer 2011 and these days warms the bench behind Bogdan Lobont. Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk rates him though for since the retirement of Edwin van der Sar from the national team, Stekelenburg has been the first-choice keeper.

Whether he would be warming the bench at The Emirates is a moot point, but Arsene Wenger certainly needs serious competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

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