As expected, Sheffield Wednesday have officially confirmed the signing of Norwich City striker Gary Hooper on a permanent deal. He moves to Hillsborough on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. He has been signed in time so that he can continue in the Owls starting eleven, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Reading.
The 27-year-old has impressed during a 13-game loan spell with Carlos Carvalhal’s men and heads into this weekend’s clash after scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory at home to Leeds United last weekend. Both respective clubs involved in the deal have been in discussions the past few days, after Hooper originally returned to Carrow Road after his loan deal expires after the Leeds match.
So far he has managed six goals in his Sheffield Wednesday career, which is no surprise given his track record for all of the clubs he has played at. It was a loan spell at Hereford United where he really first took the eye in 2008, leading to Scunthorpe United signing him from Southend United. He would be their top scorer as he helped them achieve promotion out of League One via the play-off’s and then scored another 19 goals in the Championship the following season.
This attracted the attentions of Scottish giants Celtic, who signed him for £2.4million. He went on to win four domestic honours for the club, whilst he also appeared in European competition. He then moved into the Premier League with Norwich City but couldn’t keep them in the Premier League. He would play a big part in helping them back up the following season with 12 Championship goals.