Saints eye new Hooper bid

Adkins determined to land top target

Gary Hooper: Striker has been the subject of two offers from Southampton already this month

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Sky Sports understands Southampton are readying a new bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

Southampton have made Hooper their top target in this month's transfer window as they look to bring in a new striker.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins is a huge admirer of the forward having worked with him at Scunthorpe and is keen to be reunited at St Mary's.

Celtic have already rejected a couple of offers from Saints for Hooper, who has scored 16 goals this season, as Neil Lennon looks to keep hold of the 23-year-old.

Lennon is reluctant to lose his star striker as they fight for the SPL title and has claimed it would take silly money to make him part with Hooper.

Southampton are thought to have had offers £4million and £6million rejected by Celtic, but they are now ready to come back with an improved bid to try and persuade the Bhoys to do business.