Sheffield Wednesday fans react to Gary Hooper's Crystal Palace links

A flare is seen as Sheffield Wednesday fans celebrate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road on April 17, 2017 in London,...

Premier League trio Crystal Palace, West Brom and Brighton are hoping to tempt Sheffield Wednesday into selling Gary Hooper.

Gary Hooper of Sheffield Wednesday scores a goal which is ruled offside during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrews (stadium) on...

When you consider that Chris Wood and Britt Assombalonga cost £15 million this summer, Sheffield Wednesday would be within their rights for demanding an eight-figure sum for the in-form Gary Hooper.

Only Bobby Reid of Bristol City and Hull’s Jarrod Bowen can match Hooper’s seven Championship goals so far in 2017/18. In fact, the 29-year-old has already outstripped his tally from the whole of last season – with 12 games to spare.

It’s little surprise, then, that his form has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs. The Sun claims that West Brom, Brighton and a Crystal Palace side without a top flight goal to their name this season are hoping to land Hooper in January.

Celtic striker Gary Hooper celebrates after scoring the first goal during the  UEFA Champions League Group G match between Celtic FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Celtic Park on December 5,... 

Wednesday fans were probably expecting a flurry of Premier League interest in arguably the second tier’s most in-form forward. Though they are a little more taken aback by reports that the former Celtic goal-machine could be available for as little as £6 million.

Just to put that in context, Middlesbrough paid the same fee to sign Rudy Gestede in January. Therefore, Owls supporters are united in demanding far more for a striker who deserves a second chance in the top flight after a brief taste of life in the big league’s at Norwich City.

Gary Hooper (R) and Cameron Jerome (L) of Norwich City react after conceding the third goal to Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Crystal...

Considering that Palace will be doomed without a prayer unless they find a goalscorer and fast, however, The Eagles should even consider paying double.

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