Rumour Mill: Gary Hooper | Jelle Vossen | Danny Wilson

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Norwich offer Gary Hooper for van Dijk, Celtic lead Jelle Vossen hunt and Danny Wilson on Rangers move.

Norwich could propose swap deal for van Dijk

Norwich City could use former Scunthorpe United striker Gary Hooper as part of a bid to take Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk to Carrow Road, according to reports.

It has been reported that the Canaries are preparing an £8 million offer for the Dutchman, who has played 71 games for the Glasgow giants since signing in 2013.

While it has also been suggested this could mean a return to Parkhead for Hooper, who left Scotland to join Norwich. (Various)

Celtic set to seal Vossen move

Gary Hooper in action for Celtic in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow

Gary Hooper in action for Celtic in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow

The Parkhead club are in advanced negotiations with Genk striker Jelle Vossen and are favourites to secure his signature.

The Belgian international striker spent the year out on loan at Middlesbrough last season in order to help push them towards promotion.

He was signed last summer from Belgian side Genk with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season, believed to be around the £2.5 million mark, which they now can’t afford due to missing out on promotion to the Premier League. (Express)

Neil Lennon targets James Forrest

Neil Lennon wants Celtic winger James Forrest to spearhead Bolton’s push for the English Premiership next term.

The former Parkhead manager, who handed Forrest his debut five years ago, has short-listed the 23-year-old as he seeks to re-shape the Trotters’ squad into one capable of winning promotion a year from now. (Mail)

Danny Wilson says no need to justify Rangers move

Danny Wilson has said he will pay no heed to those who would accuse him of lacking ambition by signing on for a second stint at Rangers.

The 23 year old and fellow centre-back Rob Kiernan yesterday became the first player recruits of the Mark Warburton managerial era at Ibrox. (Scotsman)

Feruz a target for MK Dons

MK Dons have been linked with former Celtic youngster Islam Feruz who is currently in the youth ranks at Chelsea.

The 19 year-old is also being chased by QPR and Burnley having spent last season on loan at Blackpool and OFI Crete. (Mail)

Juanma Delgado ready to join Hearts

Spanish striker Juanma Delgado last night declared himself ready to sign for Hearts after freeing himself from his contract with Greek club Kalloni.

The 24 year-old is due in Edinburgh imminently to finalise a move to the Tynecastle club, who have been tracking him for the past six months. “Looking forward to starting my new stage with the @JamTarts,” tweeted the 6ft 2ins forward. (Scotsman)

Celtic fans still to see best of me - Mackay-Steven

Gary Mackay-Steven says that he is ready to be the difference between success and failure when Celtic go into the Champions League qualifiers.

The Parkhead side will face Icelandic outfit Stjarnan – who knocked Motherwell out of last year’s Europa League – in the second qualifying round next month. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone face playing in front of half empty stadium

St Johnstone could be playing in front of a near empty stadium when they face Armenian minnows Alashkert next week.

It emerged that the tie is being moved to the 14,500-capacity Republican Stadium in the capital, Yerevan.

The prospect of a 6000-mile round trip has counted out many Perth fans from making the journey to back their side.

And the attendance in a country where the national sport is chess could be around the 500 to 600 mark. (Courier)

Kilmarnock’s approach for Alan Combe rebuffed

Alan Combe is set to remain as Hibs goalkeeping coach despite Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke having been keen to take him to Rugby Park as his assistant.

The pair are close friends 
after working together previously at both Killie and Hearts, and Locke had hoped to renew their alliance in Ayrshire. (Evening News)

IN BRIEF

- Former Celtic defender Stephen O’Donnell has signed for Luton Town from Partick Thistle

- Former Tamworth FC defender Ben Richards-Everton has signed for Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic

- Stenhousemuir have signed striker Allan Smith, who was released by Dunfermline Athletic at the end of the 2014/15 season