International Soccer - England

Celtic's Hooper makes Norwich City switch

Norwich City, England (Sports Network) - Norwich City have completed the signing of striker Gary Hooper from Scottish champions Celtic, the club confirmed on Friday.

Hooper, 25, scored 31 goals for the Glasgow giants last season and has been Celtic's leading scorer for the last three seasons, after joining from Scunthorpe in 2010.

"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 knew (Norwich City manager) Chris Hughton from my youth days at Spurs so it will be great to be back working with them in the Premier League," Hooper continued. "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."

"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 (Larsson) and he will be a huge loss to us," Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

"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."

07/26 11:57:23 ET

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