Sheffield Wednesday continue negotiations to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder Josh Windass

Sheffield Wednesday’s attempts to bring creative midfielder Josh Windass to the club from Championship rivals Wigan Athletic continue this morning after an reported loan bid launched yesterday was rebuffed by the Latics.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 10:20 am

It is understood that negotiations for the 26-year-old are ongoing and that Wednesday hope to get a deal over the line ahead of tonight’s deadline.

It’s also understood that Yorkshire-born Windass would be keen on a move to the club where his father Dean spent a short loan spell in 2001.

The creative midfielder, who has played 16 times for Paul Cook’s side this season, signed for Wigan from Scottish giants Rangers for a £2 million fee in 2018.

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Wigan Athletic midfielder Josh Windass has emerged as a loan target for Sheffield Wednesday

He played no part in their 2-1 win over the Owls on Tuesday, a result that prompted Wednesday manager Garry Monk to question the character and desire of several squad members and hint at widespread changes going forward. It was his second-consecutive omission from a Wigan matchday squad.

Reports in the national media earlier suggested Windass – who can also play as a centre-forward – would be available for a fee of £500k in this window, but Wednesday are said to be keen on a loan move.

The Latics have been heavily linked with a move for Owls forward Jordan Rhodes this window and are understood to have launched a bid of their own, which came some way short of Wednesday’s expectations.

It remains to be seen whether Rhodes could become a part of any Windass deal.