Celtic manager Neil Lennon has denied Gary Hooper is on his way to Liverpool

Lennon adamant on duo stay

Gary Hooper: Not going to Liverpool, insists Celtic boss Neil Lennon

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has poured scorn on suggestions Gary Hooper may be on his way to Liverpool as contract talks continue with the striker.

The former Scunthorpe player has attracted interest from a number of clubs but with Fabio Borini ruled out until the New Year with a broken foot, Liverpool have become the latest to be linked to the 24-year-old.

Lennon has scotched those rumours though, whilst also denying goalkeeper Fraser Forster could be leaving Parkhead.

"It is speculation," he said. "It wouldn't surprise me if there are a number of clubs in for Gary because of the way he is but I would poo-poo the Liverpool link.

"It wouldn't surprise me if there are a number of clubs in for Gary because of the way he is but I would poo-poo that (Liverpool link)."

Neil Lennon

"We are still in negotiations at the minute and I don't think we are too far away. There will be interest in them (Hooper and Forster) but they are not going anywhere.

"Fraser has signed a new contract and hopefully we are close to getting Gary's signature. If there are offers coming in, they will have to meet our valuation.

Lennon also confirmed talks are ongoing with midfielder Victor Wanyama over a contract extension.

"We are hoping to meet his representative again next week. He has been offered a new contract," added Lennon.

"We don't have to offer him a new contract, his current one still has a couple of years to run but we feel it is a reward for performances he has put in since he came in the door."