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Norwich transfers: Canaries chief rules out Hooper-Holt swap deal

Norwich transfers: Canaries chief executive David McNally says none of the club's senior players will be leaving the club in January

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Chris Hughton replaced Paul Lambert as Norwich City boss in JunePhoto: nPower

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Norwich City have ruled out any potential swap deals involving their senior players in the January transfer window.

Chris Hughton is chasing Celtic’s prolific striker Gary Hooper, who has scored 11 goals in 18 SPL appearances this season, in a bid to add more firepower to his squad.

It has been suggested the Hoops might be willing to do a part-exchange transfer, involving Hooper moving to the Premier League outfit and Grant Holt heading to Parkhead.

However, Norwich chief executive David McNally assured supporters neither their captain Holt nor any other key players would be exiting Carrow Road this month.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has already expressed his desire to keep Hooper ahead of a big Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus in February, laughing off a £5m bid from Norwich last Friday.

“We had a chat after speaking to his representatives and we wanted to make our position clear to him and he is quite comfortable with it all,” Lennon said after Celtic’s victory over Hearts on Saturday.

“We have made it clear that we are not selling him, we don’t want him to go, especially at this juncture of the season.

“However, everyone has their price and what Gary’s price is will be down to the board and myself to decide. What we were offered on Thursday was nowhere near our valuation of the player.

“We don’t have a set figure, however, goal scorers are at a premium and Gary is a goal scorer so we will set the bar pretty high for him. I am hearing that they [Norwich] might come again but good luck to them on that.”

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