Sheffield Wednesday have entered into talks with Josh Windass in a bid to extend his stay at Hillsborough.
That’s according to a report by The Sheffield Star, who claim that, following Darren Moore’s recent comments suggesting that he is looking to tie down a number of players to new contracts, one of the players Dejphon Chansiri is believed to have entered into negotiations with is the 27-year-old.
The report goes on to mention the fact that Wednesday have already rejected two Millwall bids for the attacking midfielder this summer, while Queens Park Rangers are also thought to hold an interest in the player whose current deal expires in the summer of 2022 – although the Owls have an option to extend his contract for a further year.
While Windass missed the club’s opening day draw with Charlton Athletic on Saturday due to a hamstring injury, a knock that will keep the 27-year-old sidelined for a few more weeks yet, it is undeniable that, should Chansiri go on to tie the midfielder down to a new contract at Hillsborough this summer, it would be a major boost for the club.
Indeed, over his 41 Championship appearances for Wednesday last season, the £1.8m-rated man bagged nine goals, provided six assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man dubbed an “explosive” player by his father Dean earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.80, ranking him as Moore’s seventh-best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, firstly, with the club undoubtedly hoping to secure an immediate return to the Championship this season, retaining the services of the £10k-per-week Windass would very much appear to provide the Owls with a huge boost to their chances of doing so, while, secondly, once theoretically back in the Championship, the midfielder also clearly has the ability to play a key role in ensuring the club do not suffer relegation once again.