In Focus: Sheffield Wednesday must demand more than £6m as PL clubs eye Hooper

According to reports in The Sun, £6m-rated Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper is a January target for three Premier League teams.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion are all eyeing the in-form attacker as they look to boost their frontlines in the New Year.

The top flight trio have got 11 goals in 21 top flight matches between them so far this term, although the struggling Eagles haven’t contributed to that total at all as they are still yet to find the net.

Why do the trio want Hooper?

Because he has proven during his career that he is a consistent goalscorer.

The 29-year-old has netted eight goals in 12 appearances for the Owls this season, with seven of those coming in his last seven outings.

The brace against Leeds United last time out was particularly important seeing as Carlos Carvalhal’s men came into the fixture having been beaten by arch-rivals Sheffield United and Birmingham City in their previous two matches.

Hooper has scored 20 goals in 43 starts for Wednesday, while he netted 20 in 70 appearances in total for Norwich, 82 in 132 for Celtic and 47 in 90 for Scunthorpe United previously.

Would Sheffield Wednesday be tempted to sell?

It’s difficult to say.

Obviously the Owls are aiming for automatic promotion this season having been beaten by Huddersfield Town in the play-off semi-finals last term, and Carvalhal will know that he needs his main goalscorer at the club to achieve that.

However, while The Sun says that Hooper is rated at £6m, Wednesday would be mad to sell him for that fee considering the inflated prices we have seen during the last year or so, with the interested clubs also likely to be desperate in January and perhaps willing to pay a higher amount.

With the likes of Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes already on their books, an offer of £12-15m could be enough to tempt them to sell considering he will be 30 in January and his current deal is due to run out in 2019, although the Portuguese boss would have to be able to bring in a replacement with the money.