QPR increase offer for Hooper

  • Last Updated: July 16 2013, 16:16 BST

Harry Redknapp doesn't believe QPR are any closer to signing Celtic striker Gary Hooper despite making an improved bid.

Gary Hooper: Not in the squad for Cliftonville qualifier
Gary Hooper: Not in the squad for Cliftonville qualifier

QPR are reported to have offered £4.5million for the former Scunthorpe forward, who has been the subject of failed bids from Norwich and Hull this year.

Whereas Norwich were reported to have put a deadline of Monday on their £4million bid for the 25-year-old Englishman, Redknapp indicated his club still have some way to go in their attempts to bring him to Loftus Road.

Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "Philip Beard (chief executive) has made an enquiry but I don't honestly know where we're at.

"We're certainly not close to it at the moment.

"He's a player we like but it's whether they want to sell him or whether we can pay enough money for him - basically whether there's a deal to be done between the two clubs.

"If not, we move on from there."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon previously revealed Hooper had probably played his last game for the Glasgow club and the forward, who has been struggling with a groin strain, was absent as the Celtic squad flew to Belfast on Tuesday morning for their Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville.

Lennon still expects Hooper to leave the Scottish champions in the next week and on Tuesday said: "There are a couple of clubs interested and talks are ongoing but there is no confirmation on anything yet.

"I expect it to go ahead. I don't know what club or what price but I would expect it to be concluded over the next week or two."

Earlier, Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby told reporters at Glasgow Airport: "A bid came in last night. I don't know how the club has responded to it.

"They increased the bid a wee bit when it came in yesterday. If it is good enough, I don't know. That's something you have to ask the chief executive, the manager and the board.

"We know it looks likely right now that Gary is going to leave the club. I'm not too sure the final word has been said yet. We have to wait and see.

"I think the club is going to sit down and think about it. If he has played his last game, I don't know."

Meanwhile when Lennon was asked about reports that he is interested in former Barcelona player Javier Saviola, the former Celtic skipper said: "There is nothing in that at all."

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