Gary Hooper: Why Owls move took so long

New arrival Gary Hooper
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New Owls signing Gary Hooper has revealed why his move to Hillsborough collapsed earlier this season.

The Norwich City striker finally completed his protracted loan switch to the Championship club on Tuesday, just hours before Wednesday’s remarkable 3-0 victory over Premier League giants Arsenal.

The 27-year-old, who could make his debut against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, is set to remain with Wednesday until January 17.

Speaking to the press corps this afternoon, Hooper said: “I was suppose to sign on the same day as Michael Turner (in August) but my deal fell through. I had medical and it just didn’t happen.

“It didn’t happen because of Norwich. They said they needed me.

“It has been on-going but it is nice to be here. I have spoken to the gaffer a few times and seen the players today.

“The gaffer wants me to play games and score goals. Hopefully I can help the team climb up the table.”

It is understood Wednesday have agreed to pay Hooper’s £32,000-a-week wages in full and forked out a £500,000 loan fee for the former Celtic player.

Hooper, who has plundered 177 goals from 311 starts, again denied reports claiming the move broke down two months ago because he asked for a VIP box for his family and friends. It was believed Wednesday called off the transfer and refused to meet Hooper’s demands.

When pressed on the story, Hooper replied: “It was not true.”

Hooper may have to settle for a place on the bench as the Owls look to stretch their unbeaten to 10 matches.

Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood is pushing for a first-team return, having shaken off an ankle problem. It is likely he will replace Joe Wildsmith in goal while Fernando Forestieri is also available after being ineligible in midweek.

Midfield duo Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan should be passed fit to play and Alex Lopez could be included in the match-day squad after recovering from a thigh problem.

Michael Turner, Modou Sougou and Marco Matias remain on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final clash at Stoke City will take place on Tuesday, December 1, kick-off 7:45pm.

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