WANDERERS are lining up an ambitious loan swoop for Norwich City striker Gary Hooper.

It is understood that new boss Neil Lennon will offer his former Celtic striker a short-term loan before the January transfer window.

Hooper was on the verge of an England international call-up because of his scoring exploits at Parkhead, which saw him net 82 times in 132 appearances in Glasgow.

He moved to Norwich for £5million and was the Canaries’ top scorer last season as they were relegated from the Premier League but a calf injury has restricted his opportunities this season, with only one Capital One Cup game to show for his efforts so far.

Lennon wants to add goals to his side and will now investigate whether the club can mount a realistic financial offer to land Hooper and help him play his way back to full fitness.

Meanwhile the current Celtic boss Ronny Delia has warned Lennon not to pursue any interest in Kris Commons.

The Wanderers boss had played down the chances of a reunion with the former Nottingham Forest and Derby County goal-getter but rumours north of the border have nevertheless persisted that he is to take advantage of the 31-year-old’s expiring contract at Parkhead.

Delia insists talks continue with Commons and that he will not be heading south.

“We have very good dialogue and the process is on-going with Kris’ contract talks. So this doesn’t frighten me.

“We won’t want to sell to anyone. We want to build a team here.”