Sheffield Wednesday are demanding £5million for the sale of attacking midfielder Josh Windass this summer, The Sun’s Alan Nixon has revealed.
Windass scored nine goals and provided five assists in 41 Championship appearances for Wednesday last season, although he was unable to prevent the club from suffering relegation to League One.
But despite that drop down a division, and the financial uncertainty hanging over Hillsborough at the moment, it seems Wednesday will not be letting him go cheaply this summer.
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According to this latest update, the Owls want a fee of £5million to agree to sell the 27-year-old this summer, and it seems that may be enough to hold off interest in the midfielder for now.
Sheff Wed. Want 5m for Josh Windass. Millwall and Birmingham keen but not at that price.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 27, 2021
As things stand, there is a year remaining on Windass’ contract with Sheffield Wednesday, although the club do reportedly have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.
This feels like a rather risky stance for Sheffield Wednesday to take in my opinion.
It is hard to see many Championship clubs being willing to pay that fee for Windass when there are likely to be cheaper options out there, particularly after what has been such a challenging year for clubs financially.
Wednesday of course, know that as much as anyone, so the fact they could be pricing themselves out of a sale here, feels like it risks costing them some useful funds that could be rather important at this moment in time.
You also wonder whether there could be some frustration from Windass if he feels like he is being priced out of a move back to the Championship, which also risks creating an unwelcome distraction in the Hillsborough dressing room.
As a result, I do wonder whether reducing their demands here to a more affordable amount for other clubs, could be a sensible move from Wednesday.