Sheffield Wednesday: Delight for Hooper as Owls bolster attack

New Owls signing Gary Hooper
New Owls signing Gary Hooper

Striker Gary Hooper has expressed his joy after completing his protracted move to Hillsborough.

The 27-year-old joined the Owls on loan from Premier League strugglers Norwich City just hours before yesterday’s mouth-watering Capital One Cup tie with Arsenal.

He will remain with the Championship club until January 17 and his arrival ends Wednesday’s long pursuit for a centre forward.

The deal was not finalised in time for Hooper to be involved last night.

The Star understands the Owls have been in talks with the Canaries for several weeks over Hooper, who has recently shrugged off an ankle injury.

Ultimately, Wednesday’s patience paid off as they narrowly missed out on signing Hooper last month.

Hooper tweeted: “Delighted to have signed on loan at SWFC. Looking forward to my new challenge.”

Hooper, who has bagged 177 goals from 311 starts, joined Norwich for £5m in the summer of 2013 from Celtic, helping Norwich reach the Premier League last season.

In 70 appearances for the Canaries, he has scored 20 goals.

In a three-year spell at Parkhead, Hooper bagged 63 goals from just 90 league starts.

Hooper, formerly of Scunthorpe United, could make his debut in Saturday’s home clash against Nottingham Forest.

He will wear shirt number 14 and links up with fellow Norwich player Michael Turner.

Hooper has slipped down in the pecking order at Norwich, making just two appearances this season.

His last outing came as a late substitute at Southampton at the end of August.

Meanwhile, Keiren Westwood faces a race against time to be fit for Forest having had an injection in his ankle on Monday.

It is thought the Republic of Ireland international has been playing with the pain for a number of matches. Academy graduate Joe Wildsmith deputised in between the sticks.

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