Friday 22 September 2017

Celtic reject Hull £4m Hooper bid

Hull have stepped up their interest in Celtic striker Gary Hooper. After gaining promotion to the Premier League the club need to add some firepower and have offered in excess of £4m for the 25-year-old.

However, Celtic have reacted quickly by turning down the offer.

Hooper was courted by Norwich City, Reading and Sunderland in the January transfer window, but chose to stay at Celtic Park and helped Neil Lennon's side win the double.

Hooper has scored 63 goals in 95 games in the SPL since moving from Scunthorpe United in 2010 for £2m.

MASCHERANO APOLOGY FOR KICKING MEDIC

Javier Mascherano has apologised after being sent off for kicking a medic during Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

The midfielder was sent off in the 87th minute of the 1-1 draw after he lashed out at the driver of the medical cart carrying him off.

Elsewhere, Uraguay climbed to fifth place in South American qualifying when Edinson Cavani's goal defeated Venezuala 1-0.

COYLE FAVOURITE FOR WIGAN JOB

THE new front-runner for the vacant manager's job at Wigan is former Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, who has been out of work since October.

With first-choice Gus Poyet seemingly out of the running, Coyle, 46, heads a shortlist that also includes former England manager Steve McClaren and Rene Meulensteen, Alex Ferguson's former assistant at Manchester United.

Irish Independent

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