Sheffield Wednesday: Owls resume striker hunt

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper

Sheffield Wednesday will resume their hunt for a striker when the emergency loan window opens today.

The Owls failed to land a striker before the summer transfer window closed last week but remain hopeful of securing a new signing before Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser against Hungary on Monday night

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser against Hungary on Monday night

It is understood Wednesday remain keen on a deal for Gary Hooper, for whom they previously agreed terms with Norwich City over a season-long loan.

The Canaries had hoped to bring in another forward in the transfer window. While they failed to do so, they remain open to allowing Hooper to leave Carrow Road as boss Alex Neil prefers a lone striker system.

Wednesday could also check on the availability of another Norwich forward, Kyle Lafferty.

The 27-year-old has not featured for Norwich since January and finished last season on loan with Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig.

Lafferty netted in both of Northern Ireland’s European Championships qualifiers over the weekend.

Both Hooper and Lafferty were included in Norwich’s 25-man squad submitted to the Premier League for the season.

Lafferty has stated that he wants to make the breakthrough in the Premier League rather than step down but the 27 year old also admitted that if he is told he is not in Canaries boss Alex Neil’s plans he may have to revevaluate his stance.

“Every single player in this world wants to play in the Premier League, you just have to look at the players playing in it. I want to play against those players,” he said.

“I’m not going to take the easy option and go out on loan to a Championship team, play the long-ball game. I want to play against the best players in the world in the Premier League.

“When I was a young boy I sat watching Match of the Day, dreaming of playing there, so I’m not going to throw my hat in now and take that easy option.

“I will just go back and work my socks off in training and keep on knocking on the manager’s door.

“If he sits me down and says I’m not in his plans, then it’s time for me to make a decision whether I do go out on loan or stay and work even harder to change his mind.”

Bournemouth striker Yann Kermorgant is another potential target.

The Cherries signed Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on deadline day, pushing Kermorgant further down the pecking order.

The Frenchman netted 17 goals for Bournemouth last season.

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