Birmingham City have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Josh Windass to St Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who revealed on Twitter that Sheffield Wednesday are demanding a fee of £5m in order to part with the 27-year-old this summer.
Nixon added that Lee Bowyer’s side have been keeping an eye on the midfielder’s situation ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window, although he suggested that Blues will not be prepared to make an offer anywhere near the Owls’ asking price.
Considering just how impressive Windass was last season despite playing for a team which finished bottom of the Championship, if Birmingham are indeed being priced out of a move for the midfielder this summer, it is sure to have left Bowyer gutted.
Indeed, over his 41 Championship appearances for Darren Moore’s side last term, the £10,000-per-week midfielder scored nine goals, registered six assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.9 shots and playing 0.7 key passes per game.
As such, when taking into account that the £1.44m-rated midfielder outscored every Birmingham player in the league last season, as well as registering the same number of assists as the Blues’ top supplier Ivan Sanchez, it would very much seem that Windass would be a signing who has the potential to fire Bowyer’s side up towards the top end of the Championship table next term.
However, unless Sheffield Wednesday lower their asking price for the 27-year-old, or Birmingham decide to push the boat out and spend a considerable amount of their transfer budget on the player, a deal for Windass does not look likely to be one the Blues will get over the line this summer.