The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY have se­cured the sig­na­ture of Gary Hooper on a per­ma­nent deal – and team-mate Barry Ban­nan be­lieves it will prove an ex­cel­lent piece of busi­ness.

Hooper joined the Owls on loan from Nor­wich City in Oc­to­ber and made 13 ap­pear­ances be­fore re­turn­ing to his par­ent club this month af­ter net­ting six times in his last six games.

How­ever, his stay at Car­row Road was brief and Wed­nes­day boss Car­los Car­val­hal has brought him back to Hills­bor­ough in a deal said to be worth £3m.

The 27-year-old striker has signed a three-and-ahalf-year deal and Owls mid­fielder Ban­nan ad­mits the news comes as a wel­come boost for the Owls’ pro­mo­tion bid.

“It’s mas­sive to get Gary back,” said Ban­nan.“It’ll be great to play with him for longer.

“In the last cou­ple of weeks, when he has come back to his match fit­ness, he has been bril­liant for us and won games as well.

“We have all sorts of strik­ers here at the club at the minute and a dif­fer­ent mix.

“What Hoops will bring is im­por­tant goals at im­por­tant times.”

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