Barry Bannan wants Gary Hooper, a player he watched as a Celtic fan, to sign permanently at Sheffield Wednesday

Barry Bannan

The striker has finally found his feet in Yorkshire.

Sheffield Wednesday are in the hunt for Premier League football this season after some impressive recruitment in the summer.

The Owls are currently seventh in the Championship but just two points outside the play-offs and in a good run of form.

One player who has recently found his feet at the club is Gary Hooper.

He is on loan at Hillsborough from Norwich City but The Owls want to bring him in on a permanent deal. He has recently been in top form, scoring four times in the last five games including two winning strikes against Bolton Wanderers in his most recent outing.

One man who would like to see him sign on is Barry Bannan. The Scotland international recently signed a new deal at the club to remain at Hillsborough beyond the end of the season.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The last couple of weeks he has been unbelievable and I knew that because I am a Celtic fan from a young age. I used to watch Celtic when he was there and I knew he was a top striker.

"Obviously Hoops is only here on loan at the minute I don't know what's going on with him. I would love to see him sign obviously because the better players we've got the better chance we've got of making it to the Premier League.

"It has been a pleasure to play with him."

Hooper's move to Wednesday appears to be reliant on Norwich bringing in another striker and Sebastian Haller's move from Utrecht fell through yesterday - meaning Wednesday might need to be patient.

But if they can get Hooper on board permanently then there is no doubt that Wednesday will be in with a real promotion hunt.

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