Celtic striker Gary Hooper is now a target of Tottenham Hotspur after the Scottish club twice turned down a €8m offer from Norwich reports the Scotsman newspaper.
The London club are aware that both of Norwich’s bids were hastily turned down by the Scottish Premier League champions and, worryingly, the potential striker crisis facing Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Emmanuel Adebayor is away on African Cup duty with Togo while Jermaine Defoe has been deemed fit enough to play through a hip injury.
Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup by Leeds last week with no recognised striker in the squad and Villas-Boas has revealed that Defoe has under-gone plasma injections just to get him through tonight’s Premier League game at Norwich.
When asked about the extent of Defoe’s injury, Villas-Boas said: “He felt some tightness. It was a grade one injury to his obturator muscle which was treated immediately.
“We acknowledged that resting him for Leeds was almost compulsory so we left him out of the game and he has made an excellent recovery so he is back.
“In muscle injuries there is always a risk of it showing up again, but the medical department feel positive about it and the player is positive and he knows his body well.”
Villas-Boas has previously said there would be no need for new arrivals in January, however, last week he fast-tracked the transfer of German midfielder Lewis Holtby to White Hart Lane, instead of waiting for the midfielder’s arrival in the summer.
Tottenham bosses have attempted to wrap up their long pursuit of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao from Internacional but as their most recent offer of a €18m has yet to be accepted they will have to wait until the summer to secure a deal.