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Nottingham Forest, Middlesboro’, Sheffield Wednesday & Rangers to battle it out for Wigan Athletic striker

Wigan Athletic's Josh Windass

Wigan Athletic striker Josh Windass continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

The 26-year-old is in hot demand, and with only one year left on his current deal, Nottingham Forrest, Middlesboro’ & Sheffield Wednesday are all rumoured to be interested in the player.

It’s thought he’s also attracted attention North of the border, from his previous club Rangers.

Windass arrived at Wigan from Rangers back in 2018 for a reported £1.98m. He appeared 39 times for the Latics in that season but fell out of favour with manager Paul Cook back in January. He was allowed to leave on loan to Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Despite a few niggling injuries, he flourished under Gary Monk, scoring three goals in nine appearances at the Hillsborough outfit.

Gary Monk’s admiration

Monk has also recently spoken of his admiration for Windass,

“I think very highly of Josh and I think he would be a great asset for ourselves. Those conversations will come further down the line if and when.”

Gary Monk

You would think this would put Sheff Wednesday in pole position in the race to sign the 26-year-old. However, we must remember they have their own problems with the EFL.

Last year they were hit with a misconduct charge in relation to the sale and leaseback of their Hillsborough stadium to chairman Dejphon Chansiri, and eight months later, are still yet to see a resolution to this.

A points deduction is still a possibility and a similar one to that of Windass’s current employer, Wigan, could see them also suffer the same fate.

Would he want to head back to Sheffield Wednesday should this happen?

Europa League football

A return to Rangers could be more enticing as they would provide the player with a chance of European football in the shape of the Europa League.

Although having already left the Scottish Premiership side once, a fresh start at one the interested Championship clubs could be more likely.

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