HEAD Coach Carlos Carvalhal hopes Gary Hooper will remain at Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Celtic striker is due to return to parent club Norwich City this week after his three-month loan stint at Hillsborough.

Hooper, who scored both goals in the club’s 2-0 Championship win over Leeds United at the weekend, is up for grabs at £3.5million.

Carvalhal said: “Gary was my first choice since the beginning and I’m sure he’s happy here.

“He’s scoring goals because he’s enjoying the way we’re playing.

“However, the negotiation part is out of my hands.

“I’m an optimist about the situation because the player likes to be here.

“I advise my technical team, but I’m not involved in negotiations. I don’t get involved in money or agents.

“With this, it’s in the hands of the chairman.”

Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon paid £2.4million to sign Hooper from Scunthorpe in July 2010 and he moved to Carrow Road in a £5million deal three years later.

Former Hoops central defender Glenn Loovens agreed a two-and-a-half year extension with Wednesday last week and Scotland international midfielder Barry Bannan will do likewise within the next 48 hours.

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