Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss happy to land top transfer target

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal says new striker Gary Hooper was always his number one transfer target and is backing him to add an extra dimension to their forward line.

Sheffield Wednesday made a big statement of intent just hours before their stunning Capital One Cup success over Arsenal by finally capturing the 27-year-old on loan from Norwich City.

It is no secret the Owls tried to sign Hooper prior to the transfer window closing last month. It is understood they agreed a loan fee with the Canaries but the deal fell through at the eleventh hour.

Carvalhal said: “I’m very happy we have signed Gary. We have followed him a long time. He was my first option for the position. We tried to bring him in August but it was not possible at that moment.

“There were a few players linked with us in the newspapers but our focus was all the time on Gary because I think he can help improve the team.

“He has quality and characteristics that can increase the value in our team.”

Hooper will remain at Hillsborough until January 17 and trained with his new teammates for the first yesterday. Carvalhal has not ruled out Hooper making his Owls debut against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. His last outing was in August.

“Let’s see if Gary will be ready or not,” said the Portuguese. “We will see how he trains and how he understands the way we are playing and then make a decision.”

Midfielder Barry Bannan is also banking on Hooper to make an impact.

“We have signed another top, top striker,” he said. “Gary has proved his worth.

“I have seen him at Celtic and at Norwich so we look forward to him joining to the team and adding to what we have already got here.”

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