Sheffield Wednesday captain Barry Bannan has had his say on Josh Windass amidst transfer interest from elsewhere in the forward, during a recent interview with The Open Goal Podcast.
Windass is said to have been the subject of a bid from Millwall in recent days and has been strongly linked with a move away from Hillsborough ever since the club’s relegation to Sky Bet League One was confirmed.
The former Glasgow Rangers man netted 10 goals across all competitions last term and is also said to be a target for the likes of Stoke City, Preston North End, Queens Park Rangers, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.
Bannan himself has now spoken out on the future of his teammate as he offered his own assessment of the situation recently:
“He’s very good; he’s better than I thought he was as well. He’s got everything – powerful, strong, good finisher, good technique, so I was surprised.
“I’ve got a few of my cousins who are Rangers fans, and they weren’t massive fans of him. But I’ve said that he’s top, and I think he could easily play in the Prem down there. I think he could; he’s rapid.”
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Windass still has one year remaining on his current contract with the Owls and could stay put this summer if the club’s asking price isn’t met for a player who could be described as crucial to their hopes of getting promotion back to the Championship.
Millwall are said to be set to return with an improved bid, meaning that this transfer saga is far from over.
I don’t think Bannan’s comments will help to dampen the speculation surrounding the future of Windass and in all honesty I think it is a real possibility that he will move on this summer.
Millwall are understandably keen on a player who is more than good enough to be playing in the Championship and it will be down to Wednesday to get a good price for the 27-year-old this summer.
He has arguably outgrown the Owls over the duration of his time there and may well push for a move himself if it comes down to it.
I can certainly see him playing higher next season but I don’t think Wednesday will roll over and let him leave easily, with Darren Moore sure to be keen on retaining him.