Why West Brom Should Go All Out To Sign Gary Hooper From Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion are said to be actively pursuing Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper who has been in terrific form for the Owls in the Championship this season.
The 29-year-old has already netted 8 goals this season including a double in their 3-0 win over Leeds in the Championship. West Brom are struggling for goals this season and have only found the net only 6 times in 7 games.
Tony Pulis brought in former Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez into the squad in the summer but the 28-year-old has barely made an impact for the Baggies. Pulis has already stated that he was desperate to bring in an established player in the summer transfer window.
“We were desperate to bring a number nine in and that’s the position we never managed to fill. Having said that we are confident we will score goals if we keep creating chances,” Pulis said at the end of September.
Gary Hooper could definitely be the answer to West Brom’s goal drought this season if they bring in the 29-year-old in the upcoming January transfer window.
Standing in at just 5ft 9in, Hooper is not the regular West Brom style of a striker. The English forward has a tendency of playing shoulder to shoulder and possesses great movement inside the box. His greatest attributes are his work rate and link up as he drops back regularly to help his side while also creating several chances going forward.
The Baggies are not the only club pursuing Hooper, with other Premier League sides like Brighton and Crystal Palace also said to be interested.
The 29-year-old forward initially joined Wednesday on loan but made a permanent switch in January 2016 in a deal worth £3m. Hooper signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Owls which will expire in 2020.
According to The Sun, the Owls have placed a £6m price tag on the 29-year-old and will be allowed to leave the Championship side in January. Carlos Carvalhal, the manager of Sheffield Wednesday will not find it easy to replace the experienced striker, with Hooper influencing the side to a great start this season as well as a shot at Premier League promotion.
West Brom are bound to add goals to their tally if Hooper can make a switch to the Hawthorns in January. The £6m price tag is perhaps the best deal the Baggies could afford for a striker in the upcoming window anyway.