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Norwich City allow Gary Hooper to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan

16:42 27 October 2015

Gary Hooper on the bench for Norwich City during the 3-0 loss at Southampton, where he was introduced as an 89th-minute substitute. 
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Gary Hooper on the bench for Norwich City during the 3-0 loss at Southampton, where he was introduced as an 89th-minute substitute. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Sheffield Wednesday have signed Norwich City striker Gary Hooper on loan until the middle of January.

The former Celtic and Scunthorpe United goal-scorer has made just two appearances for the Canaries this season, both as a late substitute in Premier League games.

The 27-year-old could even make his debut for the Owls tonight, as he is eligible for their Capital One Cup fourth round clash against Arsenal at Hillsborough.

Hooper has scored 20 goals in 70 games, starting 41 of those matches, since joining City from Celtic in the summer of 2013 for a reported fee of around £5million.

The striker has been recovering from an ankle injury recently and has not played for City since featuring as an 89th-minute substitute in the 3-0 loss at Southampton at the end of August. He was also introduced in the 80th minute of the opening-day 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.

The former Grays Athletic and Southend front-man signed a three-year deal when he joined City so his deal is to due to expire next summer.

Prolific spells at Scunthorpe and Celtic leave Hooper with 177 goals from 311 senior starts but he never truly tied down a starting place with Norwich.

Six goals in 32 top-flight games in the 2013/14 season saw the former Tottenham trainee stay with City after relegation to the Championship, where 12 goals in 32 games helped City to gain promotion via the play-offs.

Hooper joins Canaries team-mate Michael Turner on loan with the Owls, who are currently ninth in the Championship and on a seven-match unbeaten run.

City are at Everton in the Capital One Cup tonight, follow all the action with live updates from the game.

46 comments

  • #Kris Handel are you Jaemae2 in disguise

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • Thats hilarioudly factually innaccurate Edinbrough. HE HAD 24 STARTS. Also 2 PKS not 1 snd 1 of his other goals was a 40 yard potshot that only went in via deflection. He is garbage in the PL and even Championship is too high a level for him. Good riddance

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    Kris Handel

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • @ Kris Handel. Hooper started 22 Premier league games for Norwich and scored 6 goals (inccl. 1 penalty) and providing 2 assists. In the Championship he started 16 games and scored 12 goals with a further 6 assists. Agree that Mbokani so far looks good - but personally I saw Hooper as having potential to play with Mobokani as Plan B.

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    Edinburgh Canary

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • Utter Stupid, we need try something different up front. Our forward line not scoring goals. Hooper has been waiting to get a chance. Feel sorry for him, i think we have let him down really. Not been given a chance in this prem season. The others not doing it so what could we lose by giving Hooper a go. Go on Gary good luck at SW hope you get some starts to prove his worth. I Think we have had it This Season, such a shame. We all got carried away with AN but sorry, i think we all expected to much.i do think he is struggling for ideas.. as in CS Its Same old same old every game

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    Bob

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • The stats don't lie Kris and thank you for bringing them to the fore. I think the problem some of us have with this loan and others is that it destroys any chance of a plan B or C or D. Plan A has not worked that well so far against mostly lesser teams in the Premier League and the team does not appear to be getting any better. So far we have been lucky with injuries, look at Bournemouth, and if we did suffer a couple of injuries in the same positions, we would become unable to field a team of players playing in their specialist positions. This just looks like an another austerity measure and further proof that the board has decided to use this season as a way to make as much money as possible with no pretence whatsoever of wanting to avoid relegation. Next season back to the comfort zone counting the cash and paying big bonuses to the board.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • For the people saying we don't have strikers that can find the net, and quite incompetently "think" Gary Hooper can even at the Championship level, you do know MBokani has 1 less goal from play in the PL IN 5 GAMES (ONLY 2 STARTS) as Hooper HAS IN 34 PL GAMES AND 24 STARTS, right????? Yeah, Hooper really has had 0 chance...

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    Kris Handel

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Bad decision especially as we haven't got any one who can score goals in the squad, Championship is looking more likely.

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    doddy

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • I think after last nights result its obvious we need a striker who can hit the back of the net , with GH and RVW there was option , but now with KL out of favour we have that we have got and they are not finding the net , probably the worst decision AN has made and I think this will come back to hurt us . Sorry to say but my option on AN has gone down in leaps and bounds

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    iMac

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • 41 starts and 20 goals. I would like to have seen Hooper given some game time with Mbokani. I know AN doesn't like playing 2 up front from the beginning of games but he often plays with 2 strikers for the last 30 mins. Surely against some teams it wouldn't be a bad idea to star the games this way. I hope Hooper scores lots at SW. but I doubt even that is going to be good enough to get him back in our team unfortunately. Grabban and Lafferty are unproven at this level. Jerome is not prolific at this level unfortunately. So this is a terrible decision to let him go. Do we have a recall option?

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    Edinburgh Canary

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Looking at it from the point of view of Gary Kyle and Ricky, how angry must you feel watching your employer persevere with players you regard as your inferiors, miss chance after chance which you know you would have scored? Meanwhile your manager whom you regard as a total non achiever in football makes all sorts of excuses and keeps on with the same old tactics that every other manager in the Premier League sussed out when the first match of the season was shown on MoTD. Add to that not getting proper practice in training as the club doesn't have any premier class defenders to practice against. It must be very frustrating don't you think? Good luck Gary and give our regards to Michael.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • but now we have it direct from mr neil that there is only plan A "gary is behind mo,cam ,laff ,and grabbs in the style of play we desire",,,,guess the laddie is not for turning. Shame as its not worked too well thus far and is easy to counter,more of the same,nice note the defence last night has improved ,suggest a run for all concerned

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    dis dressed

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • The subject of race is the twentyfirst century taboo and whilst it is a nasty spuiteful creed, we do go over the top at times. In this case, can we be sure that Alex's stubborn failure to drop Whittaker or Martin had nothing to do with hoping they would be on form to help Scotland qualify for the Euros? As our August transfer dealings ensured that there was little competition for their places in the team, his action could be justified. Getting back to the subject, is getting as many players as possible off the Norwich payroll an asture board strategy to ensure we can pay our way in the Championship for the forseeable future?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Racism is the twentyfirst century taboo and whilst it is a nasty spuiteful creed, we do go over the top at times. In this case, can we be sure that Alex's stubborn failure to drop Whittaker or Martin had nothing to do with hoping they would be on form to help Scotland qualify for the Euros? As our August transfer dealings ensured that there was little competition for their places in the team, his action could be justified. Getting back to the subject, is getting as many players as possible off the Norwich payroll an asture board strategy to ensure we can pay our way in the Championship for the forseeable future?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • WHO,,is he not a scot and are you implying there is something wrong with being a Scot,because i see nothing wrong in referring to a Scot,English Irish Or welsh as i see fit,perhaps you should have challenged my opinion that in this instance he has been naive,can i refer to hoolahan as the Irish Lad of Lafferty the Irishman ???? can i say Mc Ilroy the Irish Maestro,or Messi the argentinian master,so on so on,get a life

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    dis dressed

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • The problem is we don't have a single stand-out striker. In fact we have nobody who is likely to get anywhere near the goal tally we need. Putting Hooper out to loan just further diminishes our already restricted options. So not only are we struggling with central defenders, we are now reducing our options up front. If we now want to change things and play two strikers, even later on in games, who does AN turn to? Jerome and Mbokani are similar and don;t complement each other. Lafferty appears to remain on the fringes of AN's thoughts. That leaves Grabban....oh dear...! So effectively we have nobody who could play behind the first striker and give us something different.The striker situation wouldn't be so crucial had we got midfielders coming through with goals. It seems we are making a hard task even harder for ourselves.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • This race thing , wasnt Alex good at the 200 metres. silly boys

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • I guess a proven PL goal scorer is too skillful to fit in with AN plans and "tactics"? Championship here we come

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    barrym

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Whoop Whoop!!! Feed the Bass and he will score. I like the look of the team tonight. This is the back 5 for me!

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Just seen the above news,can't believe what I've seen,he should be playing for us for crying out loud,I mean we are so blessed at the moment aren't we with free scoring strikers!!.il tell you want why don't we loan out,Brady,Redmond,Tetty,Rudd,Lafferty,molumbo,why not all of them.We are premier league,we are premier league. Sorry folks just another rant

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    butty

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • PaulWho while I agree with you that mentioning AN's ethnicity is daft and unnecessary I totally agree with Dis Stressed in every other part of his comment.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Miscounted, forgot RVW - yes, down to plan D now.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Dis dressed, I think the fact the manager's race is important to you says all we need to know about you.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • REGRETFULLY LEAVING ,HAD BEEN WAITING FOR HIM TO BE GIVEN JUST A SMALL WINDOW TO PERFORM WITHIN,NOT SO FOR NEIL,,IS THIS PERSONALITY PERFORMANCE PICKING FROM A NAIVE SCOT,NOW NO OPTIONS,LEFT WITH PEOPLE WHO NO ONE ELSE WANTS

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    dis dressed

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Utter madness. Plan A lone striker plan B play the other lone striker plan C when you are 1 nil down at home to WBA send out both lone strikers and for the best. AN making error after error now. The first being selling Bradley Johnson and not replacing. Now loaning Hooper.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Some comments a bit over the top here. A three month loan gives him a chance to get some game time, maybe find his scoring boots. Although in my opinion we'll never see him in a Norwich shirt again, maybe he'll have a good run of fitness & form and come back in January to help us in a relegation battle. Agree that he's a good option to bring on for the last 2030 mins but I'm sure he wants to be playing regularly and he looks to be behind Mbokani, Jerome, Grabban and possibly even Lafferty. And it's likely the deal involves an emergency call back clause if it were required, which I doubt it will. Best of luck to him in Sheffield

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    paddycanary

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • #OTFBC , Not selling Grabban or Lafferty in january ?. Laffs is on the bench tonight , whilst Grabban starts. Lafferty had said he wants first team football with NI in the Euro finals, and if he's not getting it here he will have a wee talk with Alex in january; probably about leaving!. What will Grabban do if Bournemouth come in at say, £7.5m on jan 1st trying to get Grabban to replace the injured Wilson[ or what will the men in suits say]. Whens Loza's loan up.? We may need him

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Best per minute played striker we have. My faith in AN diminishes with each decision. Plan X??

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    Cyprus Canary

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • There must be some defenders somewhere that we can take on loan ???

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Best decision for me, he might be able to finish so people say but you have got to beat the defender first, the way we are set up we cannot afford to many luxury players on the pitch, we need pace and power up top and that is not hoops.

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    elmboy

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Plan B has been loaned now - anyone for plan C???

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • At least we will be the richest club in the Championship and have plenty of cash to pay McNally bonus.

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Quite upset with this decision. Really feel Hooper has something to offer at PL level. He is without doubt the best finisher at the club, and whilst AN may continue to play one up front, Hooper was perfect to come on with 20 mins to play if we need a goal., either playing off the front man or if AN changes the formation. With Wes seldom playing the full 90 mins, this loan makes even less sense. Wonder what tonight's line-up may bring?

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    Alan Black's Back

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • I think you know this has really p??d me off , never written more than 2 comments before

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    iMac

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Back to the CH days plan A only, if that fails , just think of something and pray

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    iMac

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Never allowed to prove himself at Norwich good luck at SW you will be treated a lot better.

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    dave123

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Does this mean we are not selling Lafferty or Grabban in the January window...If the board wants to make money then its better to SELL a player than LOAN one out! One of our biggest problems is the inability to recognise our best striker, now we have RvW and Hooper out on loan and for me they should have been part of AN's plans this season. Total confusion and no proper planning ahead. Michael Turner seems to be doing a good job at Sheff Wed too just when we need experienced defenders!

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Michigan - doubt very much there is anyone interested in buying Norwich. Last time we went looking for a suitor there was a deafening silence! This, on top of Toffolo's loan, is simply mad. We don't have a strong enough squad as it is but to denude it further beggars belief. If Jerome or Mbokaniu get injured what is AN going to do? Get in an emergency loan - if so chances of finding anyone even approaching Hooper's credentials is remote. There isn;'t exactly a surplus of strikers around let alone ones anyone would loan out (unless you are Norwich City!).

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • I now think city have lost the plot , are we football club or training facility for other clubs.

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    iMac

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Can't understand this , I have always been a Hooper fan ,but I don't think he was given the chance at city a bit like LB. When he played with LG he was electric didn't score but assisted ball play and positional play was brilliant , What happens now to KL very puzzled

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    iMac

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Now I am utterly confused. Last I heard was that Hooper was injured and unavailable! If he is fit no way should he be out on loan. He remains one of our best strikers. Now we are down to four, one of whom appears not to be favoured by AN, another (Grabban) was given chances early season but failed to impress. Which actually means we only have Mbokani and Jerome. AN may feel he is surplus because he prefers one up front and Hooper would be better playing off a front man. However, what happens if AN wants to change things and put two up front? There really is little or no choice. Jerome and Mbonaki are similar and that leaves Grabban. Oh dear...what is going on?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Once again chipy chirpy cheap cheap.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • There goes plan C then, plan B having been rejected when Ricky went out on loan.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Very poor decision

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • makes sense.To be 5th in a list of strikers with only one up front is no different to being the 5th goalkeeper-you'll never get a game and be very lucky to be a bench-warmer.He's better off helping the Owls get promotion if he can't help the Canaries stay up.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Really struggling with decisions at NCFC. Just as Hooper gets fit, he is loaned out, at a time when we need strikers who can perform. I know he has not been great, but he is as good as any of the others we have, and played correctly maybe better - played in champions league against top clubs and scored goals, so there is something there to be drawn out. Same deal with Toffolo - just as we need defensive improvement, we loan out a defender with potential. Is the goal just to get the wage bill down? I suppose one could argue getting out of favour players match time with a view to their coming strong for the relegation battle in the new year, but conversely is it getting the balance sheet looking good for selling to a new owner?????????

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Wow another surprise. So we have 12 players out on loan and 3 players in on loan. Is this not the wrong way round!

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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