Sheffield Wednesday: Owls step up hunt for big money striker

Watford's Matej Vydra
Watford's Matej Vydra
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Sheffield Wednesday will continue their hunt for a striker right through to tomorrow’s transfer deadline after having a £10million bid for Ross McCormack turned down.

Reports surfaced yesterday that Fulham had rebuffed the huge offer from the Owls for the forward, who netted 19 goals last season for the Cottagers.

Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack

Wednesday however remain determined to bring in at least one striker before the summer transfer window closes at 6pm on Tuesday.

The Owls have been linked with a bid for Watford forward Matej Vydra and are also monitoring the situation of long-term target Gary Hooper of Norwich City.

Scotland international McCormack was signed by Fulham from Leeds a year ago for £11million with the Cottagers this summer extending his contract by a year to 2019 in a bid to fend off potential interest.

As for Vydra, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores had admitted the Czech could depart Vicarage Road as he looks to trim his squad.

Norwich City's Gary Hooper

Norwich City's Gary Hooper

The Owls are understood to have been among a number of clubs alerted to the fact the Hornets are determined to part ways with at least five of their foreign players before the transfer deadline.

Flores currently has a squad of 30 featuring eight home grown players. Premier League regulations allow for a squad of only 25 to be registered which must include eight home grown players.

Despite being a major player for Watford in recent seasons, Vydra finds himself on the fringes following their promotion to the Premier League.

Should Vydra arrive at Hillsborough, he would be the third Watford player to switch to the Owls this summer after forward Fernando Forestieri and full back Daniel Pudil moved on Saturday.

Wednesday’s chances of landing Norwich forward Hooper have faded considerably with the 27-year-old used as a substitute for the Canaries against Southampton yesterday.

Hooper had looked certain to follow Norwich team mate Michael Turner in securing a season-long loan at Wednesday only for the deal to suffer a late snag.

Norwich are understood to be keen to line up a replacement forward before allowing any to leave. Their pursuit of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe has been so far unsuccessful.

And last week the Canaries suspended striker Lewis Grabban for going AWOL before their Capital One Cup clash against Rotherham United.

Hooper came off the bench in the last minute for Norwich in their 3-0 defeat to the Saints, taking his total minutes for the campaign to 11 so far.

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