According to Sky Sports, Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper is wanted by MLS outfits DC United and Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as clubs in China.
The 30-year-old is yet to feature for The Owls this season due to injury, and the club have paid the price so far in his absence as they currently sit in 16th place in the league.
Former Celtic man Hooper has been replaced at Hillsborough this season by either Steven Fletcher or Atdhe Nuhiu, with the former managing four goals in the league, and the latter managing only two. This poor return from these two strikers goes a long way in explaining why Wednesday have struggled so far this season, as they have relied largely on wide men Lucas João and Adam Reach to find the back of the net.
Fortunately for The Owls, Hooper is due to return soon after surgery on his groin in November. But that does not mean that they should not contemplate an offer for the former Premier League striker. Hooper has been ravaged by injuries this season, and it is unclear whether he will be able to work his way back to his best form. By that time, Wednesday may have paid the price. On the other hand, MLS and Chinese sides would be willing to pay a relatively sizeable amount for Hooper. The Owls could use that money to bring in another striker that is perhaps in better form than Hooper.
Steve Bruce will want a squad that he can trust when he takes over in February, and the sale of Hooper may facilitate the opportunity to bring in a player that can provide more than him.
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