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Rumour mill: Norwich City slap £3.5m price tag on Gary Hooper amid Sheffield Wednesday interest

10:28 07 January 2016

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Norwich City's on-loan striker Gary Hooper is Sheffield Wednesday's prime January transfer target. Picture: Tim Goode/PA

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Norwich City’s on-loan striker Gary Hooper will reportedly cost Sheffield Wednesday £3.5m if the Owls aim to turn his loan move into a permanent January deal.

Owls’ chief Carlos Carvahal has publicly made Hooper his number one target this month and Thursday’s Sun claim City will sanction a move if the Yorkshire club meet their £3.5m asking price.

Hooper has scored twice in 11 appearances for the Championship promotion hopefuls but his current loan deal runs out on January 17. The 27-year-old’s opportunities under Alex Neil appear to be limited with the Canaries’ boss linked with striking reinforcements to bolster the club’s Premier League push.

Carvahal admitted earlier this week he wants Hooper to stay at Hillsborough.

“I wish, seeing as it’s been my first option since the beginning as I tell them (the board). I wish that he’d stay here of course,” Carvahal told BBC Radio Sheffield. “But let’s see as it’s something that I can’t control. Let’s see in the future.”

Hooper has scored 20 goals in 70 appearances for the Canaries since a £5.5m move from Celtic in July 2013 but the striker has never been able to establish himself as a frontline option at Carrow Road.

Meanwhile, Cardiff’s Craig Noone has again been linked with a possible Norwich move. Neil was interested in the Bluebirds’ flyer in the January 2015 window, amid reports on that occasion of a £2m offer, but according to Wales Online, the City boss may be ready to revive his interest in the 28-year-old, who has also been linked with Norwich’s Premier League rivals Bournemouth this month.

Noone is contracted to the Welsh club until 2018 and has scored four goals in 25 appearances for Russell Slade’s men this season.

Leeds’ pursuit of Kyle Lafferty appears to have reached an impasse with Whites’ boss Steve Evans keen to tie up the striker initially on loan.

“We want it to be a loan deal with the option of a permanent. Norwich City have respectfully said that they want it to be on a permanent. We’re not going to be doing it on a permanent initially,” Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We want to be able, if it’s possible, to bring the player here but that’s proving very difficult. If it proves not to be the case then we’re not only thinking of Kyle Lafferty, there are other players we’re looking at. It’s not Kyle Lafferty or nobody.

“There are other options. If we take another option then the Kyle Lafferty interest will suddenly drop off. They’ve made it clear that they would want Kyle to leave on a permanent and if someone out there is prepared to do that then we have to respect that they’re in a different situation to us.”

43 comments

  • Try again. Grabban will score for Bournemouth, that you can be sure of. They know how to set up the team for him. So it is a risk, unless we use the money to buy someone even better who gets more goals for us! Cannot see how Grabban worth so much more than Hooper, though. The length of contract to me is a red herring - means nothing. We need a striker who can play to the set up AN has in mind - not any striker who happens to score goals. Has to be big but fast, and can score on the run and at close range. Jerome did this last year, but struggling in PL. Jury still out on Mbokani. Lafferty not tested at PL level to find out. Grabban clearly not prepared to run. So we have to get someone in - presumably to the mould of a Lukaku or Benteke - can someone step up mid season from the Championship? And then we need a midfield striker to take chances coming back to them. We sold our man for this - Johnson - is Naismith the answer? In effect we will have swapped Johnson for Naismith - is this progress?

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Yes, I'm done.

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Lets leave it there Jaemae2, please, please

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • That's because most players are good enough they don't have to play at those levels. That is one of the most hilarious "examples" of Gary Hooper being a PL or Championship quality level player that there EVER could be. Miguel Layun scored Champions league goals, HE'S AMAZING!

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Sorry must add I am a fan of GH , we must keep him and play him

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Well said BC , totally agree

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • While I'm not a big fan of Hoops myself, the facts remain he is the only English player to have scored at non league, all 4 English divisions, the Scottish Prem, and the Champions League. So on that theory, what has he got to do to appease his doubters? Nothing as far as I'm concerned, just because he doesn't fit in with AN's plans, he will come good and I wish him well. OTBC

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Some people and their rants Yawn is it time for bed yet

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Just been out walking my dogs, do you know what I hate? people who do not pick up after their pups. I now have the task of cleaning my trainers as I stood on a big sloppy Jaemae.

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    spanishcanary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • I probably will Goss. When people ignore that Gary Hooper started the majority of the games he's played here, and that 1\3 of his goals were pks or defelections, then no I probably am going to jump in. Or the people that think since Gary Hooper had success in a league that is barely 7th division England and that means he can play in anything above League 1 at even an average level, because of that success, I am going to call them on it. The excuses and ignoring plain fact, is kind of hilarious. Great that Hooper had success in Scotland, that's his level it's a level that is far far below Prem or Championship (and even League 2). For the past 3 years he's proven he's not even an average Champ. player and no, it has nothing to do with not having opportunity. Also if you can only do 1 thing and add nothing else to the game, it's not because you don't fit a "role", it's because you aren't good.

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Reg , luciano Beckio , wrong ( spelling ) I think , I see he has now joined Rotheram under his old Leeds boss

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • feel bound to agree with several that ,basically hoops face didnt fit,and yet he remained above the antics of grabban and proved to be a good squad member,so 20 goals out of 70 currently after 20 games redmond top scorer with 4,its rumoured redmond worth 15m and hooper 3.5m,,,,hmm all makes sense...caveat emptor, As for the reappearance of jammy,,,morologus es...vade et caca inpilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo sure you get my drift

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    dis dressed

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Jaemae, having seen your posts on other subjects on the pinkun forum and whatnot you seem quite knowledgeable on the game, why not knock this Hooper stuff on the head now mate :-)

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • butty. I agree with your post, except I would exclude Best from your list. At his peak his work rate was phenominal! iMac, I'm having a blond moment, who's the 'LB' in your "not played 3 , LB,KL and G H"? We struggle with one up front because the PL is full of players of superior talent and athleticism. Even Newcastle demonstrated that with three late goals after we substituted Tettey.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Poor old jaemae. Idée fixe writ huge. His ranting partner, baguio, was similarly rude on another board. I so miss their "Itchy & Scratchy Show". Not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • I note in the latest news today on transfers, the Kone deal to Sunderland has fallen through. Also Pardew said that that he has seen all the rumours linking players to Palace, and none of them are true - NR get your mind sorted for staying and performing at NCFC. Plenty of quality crosses into the area for Mbokani to knock in.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Oh. Dear you are a bit of a state Jaemae, opinions opinions, I am not going to check your figures but I disagree. We all know you don't like hime it's well documented , I have seen him plenty of times when he played up north and last sat he did not score but he provided the assist I repeat I rate him very highly. Happy new year to you

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Jaemae, what would be your Specialised Subject on Mastermind?

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    Pierre

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Onto this story now. 3.5 million would be absolute highway robbery. Hopefully the Sheffield Wednesday board are stupid enough to pay us ANY amount of money for useless 8th tier talent like Hooper... (esp. when he's gone in the summer).

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • For all the people with HILARIOUS mental incapability that for some reason think Gary Hooper wasn't given a run of games (he started like 18 games in a row in the relegation year geniuses.)AND DID NOTHING TO HELP THE TEAM OR SCORE GOALS, or were "unaware he played so many games, they must have been subs" HE STARTED 40 OF THE 70 GAMES. Also for all you geniuses that think he "goal record for minutes played" is good, 6 OF THOSE GOALS WERE PENALTY KICKS. AN ENTIRE THIRD OF HIS GOAL TOTAL WERE PKS!!!!!. The idiocy is hilarious.

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Interesting use of words Surrey. Jerome is a lone striker but Mbokani is a loan striker and a lone striker. Grabban is a moan(ing) striker and Hooper and Ricky will soon be gone strikers. The problem with playing just one striker is that you need attacking midfielders who can get up and take a chance or make chances in one penalty area, then get back and defend in the other. I don't think we have a midfield player who can perform all those tasks reliably.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • According to BBC Everton have bought a Striker and loaned him back to his club so he can complete national service. And I thought we liked to faff about with signings. In any case let's hope Naismith is on his way, Hopper and Laffs out and according to Sky we have agreed a deal for Pinto. I wonder if we'll get Heller?

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    MellowYellow

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Transfer window day 6 Latest score, in 0-1 out.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Presumably we need a striker with a high work rate so they can keep running back to help out the defence. That leaves them kn*ckered for when there Is a through ball. Memories of Ted MacDougall hanging around the penalty on the off-chance with Phil Boyer supplying the passes, and then taking 'em when they came his way. Bygone era because AN buys into the loan striker game. Meanwhile Watford ...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • When I said not played I should have said only given a cameo role

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • I watched many games that hoops played I and as you all know I am a great fan of him ,I just think he has not been given nice run of games to show his talent , yes he has scored goals but he could have scored more with some more games, for him a move would do him good , but I would not let him go . Play him sir Alex I am sure he will come good .and win games for you and us He seems to be one of the not played 3 , LB,KL and G H

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    iMac

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • The problem guys is CJ for all the effort is on target to match his season total for Palace in the premier i.e. 4 goals. Only goals win games!

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    Cyprus Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Butty, I agree but unfortunately whilst the one striker formation is 'au courant' even Greaves and Linekar would struggle without really great linkup play from the midfield. This is where Naismith is being prepped to play (if we actually sign him). We really need goals from all areas. The value of the Watford boys and Vardy is so high now because few can really do it. If I could sign anyone I'd go Afobe or Benteke up front. Although Afobe has scored less than CJ did last season and we see that goals scored in the Champ is not a guarantee in the PL. On the Hooper subject two goals only and not regular starts for the Owls. I think this demonstrates that SPL is L1 on average. OTBC NMTD

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    RichardGarratt

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Whilst I agree work rate isn't always everything the players mentioned had a team built around them to allow a striker to only think about scoring. And are all from a bygone age. But OUR team, NOW, requires work rate at the top, and for one player to change that system doesn't sit right with me. I do however agree he's a great finisher.

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    DerbyCanary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • If we played to Hoopers strength then he would score more than Naismith so be careful what you wish for. His goals per minutes ratio is better than any of our other strikers. Butty you are spot on. Not everyone in the team is a workhorse.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Sad to see hoops on his way,we never really played to his strengths.At the end of the day he is an out and out natural goal scorer,people bang on about his work rate,Lineker,greaves,law,best ect ect had no work rate either,they were in the team for one thing and one thing only,to score goals and goals only exactly what they were payed for,so sorry to see you go mate,good luck to you son!!

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    butty

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • ❶ ❷ ❸ At least Hoops got his wish of his own private box at Hillsborough, mind you there's plenty available there. And 3.5m is a snip. Wed's owners can of course afford it . . . it's a drop in the ocean. They are SO rich, rich, rich . . . . in omega 3 that is ! ☚ OTBC otbc OTBC otbc ☛

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Sorry about the last post but I get bored waiting for anything to happen.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Wasn't there once a Ford Pinto that used to burst into flames in the event of a rear-end shunt? Not a good thing to happen to a full back, I'd have thought.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Had high hopes for GH when he came here. The difference for a striker playing for a top club in a division vs a bottom one is vast in terms of the number of opportunities to score and make a name for himself. Applies to all our strikers. Re Lafferty - I find Steve Evans public tactics deplorable. I thought the League frowned on this type of thing and took action against managers who tried to force specific deals in public?

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Pintos agent was in Norwich, he departed last night.

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    dave123

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Yarco - With the way bids are being reported I am confident that work is happening. The Ranochia (typo?) one looks dead in the water if Liverpool are now in for him. I am also confident that the Pinto deal is just waiting on rubber stamps given the level of reporting. Ref Hooper - I'm not as anti as other have been but have never truly felt he was a genuine "Plan B" more like D or E as he doesn't have the work rate of CJ. Mbokani or Even Grabban (when he bothers). He is however lethal from 6 - 18 yards which was a massive plus.

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    DerbyCanary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Shame about Hooper, liked him a lot but never quite lived up to expectations (just shows that, scoring masses of goals for Celtic in the SPL is a million miles away from scoring them than, even in the 'Championship'!!!) and Sheffield Wednesday will get themselves a little bargain there at £3.5 million...but then again, I guess we'll be getting him off the wage bill as well? Just hope we start to get our target players in soon...time is starting to tick already and nothing has happened as I write (I hear Naismith wasn't even on the bench at Everton last night..but I can't see us getting him until nearer the end of the transfer window, due to Everton having loads of games coming up in the next fortnight?)...I just hope one of these central defender's that we keep getting linked with, come in!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • He's our Plan B striking option - oh well, there goes Plan B. I don't think he was ever played consistently to his strengths. If we only ever set up for a lone striker, then we replace Grabban and Hooper with another big centre forward and hope for the best. Which means each week two centre forwards on the bench, again and again and again.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • I really can't see Gary Hooper breaking into the first team any time soon so any offer for him I'd accept just to get his £35 thousand pw wages off the books. Yes he'll score a few but in the premier league you need your strikers to be consistent. Take the money. GET STEVEN NAISMITH. Also sell KL to Leeds.

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    canarytrev

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • I wasn't aware that Hoops had played so many games for Norwich. Given that a large proportion of that number will have been as sub, his goals to games ratio is not bad, although nowhere near the number we anticipated. I guess the expectation was unreasonable to the reality of PL football in this day and age. 20 years ago Hoops would have been banging them in. Not sure we'll see many players in the top league hit as many as prolifically until the fashions change from one up front. OTBC NMTD

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    RichardGarratt

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • If I remember correctly Noone was pretty useful during his last stint in the Prem as was Jordan Mutch who has been struggling to get into the Palace team.

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    MellowYellow

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

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