EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs show interest in Sheffield Wednesday key man Josh Windass
Sheffield Wednesday have a fight on their hands if they are to keep hold of their top scorer Josh Windass, it seems.
The Star understands that among the clubs taking an interest in signing the versatile forward are Premier League pair Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.
Both clubs look likely to be relegated to the Championship this season and could see the addition of 27-year-old Windass as an important tweak to squads they hope would see them promoted back to the big time at the first attempt.
In addition, Championship side QPR are understood to be weighing a potential attempt to take him to London. Windass previously worked with Rs boss Mark Warburton at Rangers.
Windass’ current contract runs out at the end of next season, meaning Wednesday could be tempted to ‘cash in’ this summer instead of risking losing him on a free at the end of his deal.
Having joined on loan from Wigan Athletic in the second half of the 2019/20 season, his deal was made permanent for a fee believed to be in the region of £500,000 last October.
The Owls themselves face the prospect of the drop to League One, a prospect that will likely make it more difficult to keep hold of one of their best players in what has been a difficult campaign.
In scoring nine league goals Windass is the Owls’ top scorer. Put together with six assists, he has directly contributed to more than 40 per cent of Wednesday’s 37 league goals this season.
Reports yesterday claimed Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City were among the clubs eyeing up a possible bid for Windass, while a potential move to newly-promoted Hull City was stamped out rapidly by his dad, Tigers legend Dean, on social media.
Wednesday look set to undertake something of a squad transformation of their own under Darren Moore in the coming months, with a swathe of players yet to agree contract extensions.
As reported by The Star last week, any contract negotiations are understood to be largely on-hold while their divisional status going into next season remains unknown. The Owls take on Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough this weekend.