Sheffield Wednesday boss optimistic over Gary Hooper signing permanently

Sheffield Wednesday want to make Gary Hooper’s loan a permanent deal.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvahal says he is optimistic that on-loan striker Gary Hooper will join the club on a permanent basis this month, the Daily Mail report.

Speaking after Hooper’s two goals fired his side to a 2-0 victory over Leeds United, Carvahal says the striker is his number one priority this month and is optimistic a deal can be reached.

“He was my first choice since the beginning and I'm sure he's happy here. He's scoring goals because he's enjoying the way we're playing,” Carvahal explained.

“I'm an optimist about the situation because the player likes to be here and enjoys the way that we play.”

“I advise my technical team but I'm not involved in negotiations. I don't get involved in money or agents. With this, it's in the hands of the chairman.”

Hooper joined Wednesday earlier in the campaign and struggled to make an immediate impact, starting most games as the third-choice striker behind Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu.

But once improving his fitness, the former Celtic man has started to show exactly why Carvahal has so much faith in him with a run of six goals in his last six Championship matches.

Hooper’s goals have fired the Owls into the playoffs at the expense of Ipswich Town, and Derby County in third place and four points better off are certainly in sight for the Yorkshire side.

Striking a deal with Norwich City for the striker shouldn’t prove too tricky as the Canaries seemingly don’t have him in their plans, yet his recent success may potentially alter the asking price somewhat.

Wendesday have recently signed Jack Hunt and Barry Bannan to permanent long-term deals, and adding Hooper to the mix will be a very welcome boost for the club's supporters.

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