Norwich linked with dynamic duo

Norwich City

The Mirror is reporting that Norwich are lining up a swoop for a top SPL striker as well as a key Premier League hit man. Who are they?

Norwich City have been linked with Celtic striker Gary Hooper for a number of weeks and are now ready to table an offer to Celtic and play Hooper up to £30,000 per week which will make him the best paid player at the club.

Chris Hughton is also thought to be a big admirer of Swansea City striker Danny Graham although Michael Laudrup recently said the Welsh side have no desire to let Graham leave for another Premier League rival.

Hooper has rejected a new contract offer which means the Scottish champions are likely to sell him before the end of January rather than risk letting him leave for free in the summer.

Norwich are looking to add to their attacking fire power as they have only scored 24 goals so far this season both home and away.

Hooper’s predatory instincts inside the opposition’s penalty area have been one of his best assets during his time at Celtic while Graham, who has grown used to Swansea’s slick style of passing football could help Norwich’s creativity.

Hooper was approached this time last season by then Championship side Southampton who offered him a deal not too different from what Norwich are reportedly preparing.

It would suggest that Hooper is still keen on staying at Celtic where he is one of the first choice strikers in a large squad.

The stumbling block to a potential move for Graham is the reported interest from Sunderland, who have also been tracking the player for some considerable time.

Both of these players have superb control and composure in front of goal which would help Norwich in their quest to consolidate in the Premier League and push on for a European slot over the next few seasons.

However, both players have many admirers which means the fees involved will go through the roof or beyond what each player is worth, as each side pushes the potential price up with each offer.

Ideally Norwich would love to be able to sign both players but Graham seems less likely to leave than Hooper which means Norwich must focus their attention on initially signing him.

Hooper is a ready made centre forward who would fit in instantly with the way Norwich play football. They cannot risk letting the matter go until the end of the season because other sides will be in a better position to offer Hooper a bigger wage deal.

Are there other targets out there you think Norwich should be looking at?

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