Josh Windass: Sheffield Wednesday’s ‘hands off’ stance on in-demand attacker amid interest from Millwall, Stoke City and Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday have rejected an offer from Millwall for attacker, Josh Windass, and it sounds as though they’re going to keep rebuffing any further approaches as things stand.
The Star reported earlier this week that the Owls had turned down a bid of unknown quantity from the Lions as the Championship club look to bolster their goal threat for 2021/22, while Stoke City are also thought to have joined his list of admirers.
Clubs such as Stoke City, Fulham and Birmingham City are all believed to be keeping a very close eye on the player’s situation at Hillsborough, but the latest word reaching The Star is that any potential suitors will struggle to get a deal done.
It’s understood that – at present – the club have taken a hard line with regards to any potential move away for the forward, and that, on top of rejecting Millwall’s opening offer, they’re currently not open to selling last season’s top scorer at any price.
Wednesday’s standpoint on this matter may come as a surprise given the ongoing financial issues behind the scenes that have seen players go unpaid for a lengthy period of time, and it remains to be seen whether any clubs will be prepared to really test Dejphon Chansiri’s resolve with a big-money offer before the transfer window comes to a close.
Windass is one of the Owls’ most prized assets at present on the back of a 2020/21 season where he was a standout player, and the fact that he has one-year (with a one-year option) left on his contract means that Wednesday currently hold all the cards.
There is, however, the unpaid wages factor hanging over the club, and if the 27-year-old still hasn’t been paid up in full then he’s got the option to hand in his 15-day notice as per FIFA’s rules and potentially walk away for free anyway.
It’s got the makings of a transfer saga that could potentially role on long into the window as clubs look at adding to their firepower for the new campaign, but if Wednesday don’t sort out their finances soon then it could be taken out of their hands completely.