Sheffield Wednesday: Owls step up hunt for Hooper

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has hinted the Championship club are close to bringing in further reinforcements - and The Star can confirm they have held talks with Premier League Norwich City over striker Gary Hooper.

It is understood Wednesday, through advisor Glenn Roeder, who used to manage the Canaries, have expressed an interest in bringing in Hooper on a season long-loan deal.

One national newspaper claimed over the weekend that Wednesday are willing to pay a £500,000 loan fee and cover all of Hooper’s ‘£32,000-a-week wages’.

The 27-year-old is closing in on 200 career goals - he is currently on 198 - and has been linked with a move to Hillsborough several times over the last couple of months.

Hooper starred at Celtic, hitting 82 goals in 138 matches after arriving from Scunthorpe United in 2010.

North of the border, he won two league titles and two Scottish cups as well as plied his trade in the Champions League.

He moved back to England just over two years ago but has not been as prolific at Carrow Road, scoring 20 times in 69 outings.

When asked if Owls, who are also reportedly tracking centre-back Michael Turner, were close to adding to their ranks following Saturday’s draw away to Leeds United, Carvalhal replied: “Let’s see in the next few days. I believe we will be stronger in the future.

“The transfer window is open until September 1 so let’s see what happens.”

Hooper, who joined Norwich for £5m from Celtic, was an unused substitute in Norwich’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City last weekend.

Canaries boss Alex Neil said Hooper remains part of his plans last Friday.

“As far as I am concerned there is no interest in Gary Hooper,” Neil said. “There has been a lot of speculation in the media but until anything is concrete then we won’t be commenting on it.”

Nonetheless, sources in Suffolk say Norwich will consider letting Hooper, who is third-choice behind Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome in the pecking order, leave on a temporary basis should they be successful in bringing in another centre forward.

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