Newcastle Lead the Chase for £8m Highly-Rated Celtic Striker

Newcastle Lead the Chase for £8m Highly-Rated Celtic Striker

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is set to step up his pursuit of a new striker and has set his sights on Celtic's Gary Hooper, according to reports on

The Magpies have yet to sign a replacement for Andy Carroll who was sold to Liverpool last January for £35million, however it is believed that Pardew has been closely watching Hooper and has been impressed with what he has seen.

Newcastle aren't the only side that have shown an interest in the 23-year-old, with Premier League North-East rivals Sunderland also keeping tabs on the forward.

New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has a lack of fire power up front and has made finding a top striker his number one priority when the January transfer window opens for business.

Hooper, who began his career with Tottenham before moving to Grays Athletic from where he has risen up the English leagues. Last year he singed for Scottish giants Celtic and has been in impressive form scoring 31 goals in 44 league appearances for the Bhoys.

Celtic will not want to lose one of their prized assets and value Hooper at £8m, it is felt both Newcastle and Sunderland are willing to match the offer but Celtic could hope to make a bit more with both Premiership clubs interested.