Carlos Carvalhal explains how long Sheffield Wednesday targeted newly-signed Gary Hooper

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Carlos Carvalhal says Gary Hooper was his top target ever since he arrived at Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has told BBC Radio Sheffield that new loan striker Gary Hooper has always been his first choice signing.

Carvalhal, 49, replaced Stuart Gray as Owls boss over the summer, and oversaw the arrivals of Michael Turner, Marco Matias, Rhoys Wiggins, Lucas Joao, Alex Lopez, Darryl Lachman, Vincent Sasso, Modou Sougou, Jack Hunt, Ross Wallace, Lewis Price, Daniel Pudil, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri.

The Portuguese boss clearly overhauled his squad, but all those signings seemingly weren't enough for Carvalhal, and he made his latest swoop on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday confirmed on their official website that they had signed striker Gary Hooper on loan from Norwich City, just hours before hammering Arsenal 3-0 at Hillsborough in the Capital One Cup.

Hooper, who made his name with his superb goalscoring exploits for Scunthorpe United and Celtic, has fallen down the pecking order at Carrow Road, and has now joined Wednesday on loan until mid-January, with Hooper seen as the man who can provide the goals for the Owls.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after his side dismantled Arsenal, Carvalhal discussed just why he was so keen to bring Hooper to Hillsborough, citing that the 27-year-old striker has always been his number one target since taking the job at Wednesday.

"He's a player that was my first choice from the beginning," said Carvalhal. "We tried to bring him in July and August, but it was not possible in the moment. My focus all the time was on Hooper, because I think he's a player that can help us to improve the team, also he is a player that can score goals."

"He is a moving player, I think he can come to the team and help the team, so I'm very happy to be with him, because he was my first choice from the beginning - it's something we have followed for a long, long time," he added.

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