The manager of one of Sheffield Wednesday’s Yorkshire rivals has distanced his side from a move for a player the Owls released at the end of last season.

The Hull boss Grant McCann has admitted that he is looking at the free-agent market for attacking reinforcements.

And having played with McCann at Scunthorpe earlier in his career, the name of one ex-Owl has been doing the rounds this week.

But asked if is interested in bringing Gary Hooper to the KCOM Stadium, McCann told Hull Live: “There’s always going to be people putting two and two together and coming up with six.

“Hooper is a player that me and Cliff (Byrne) played with.

“We know what he’s about and that’s probably where the link has come from.”

The former Owls striker Hooper. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Hooper spent three-and-a-half years at Sheffield Wednesday, scoring or assisting 43 goals in 89 games.

The 31-year-old spent much of his Hillsborough spell sidelined through injury, but had recently returned to full health at the time of his release in May.

His departure came as a blow to many Wednesday supporters, who felt that his quality outweighed any fitness or financial concerns.

Hull have lost a trio of strikers, but only gained two, since the end of last season.

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