Josh Windass reportedly available for £500k - exactly what Alex Neil offered two years ago

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According to the Daily Mail, Wigan Athletic’s Josh Windass could be on the move for £500,000 before Friday’s transfer deadline.

It’s claimed that Bristol City, Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest are all keen on Windass, and with 18 months left on his deal at the DW Stadium, Wigan could sell.

Windass, 26, has notched four goals in 15 Championship games this season, as well as grabbing five goals and two assists in the Championship last term.

Josh Windass of Wigan Athletic. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

That fee may be of interest to Preston, as it’s exactly what North End offered Rangers for Windass in 2018. As noted by BBC Sport, that bid failed.

Preston chose not to go any higher, and signed Billy Bodin from Bristol Rovers instead. Two years on, would North End be tempted to go back in for Windass again?

Alex Neil would surely still love the versatility Windass provides. He can play out wide, behind a striker or even up front; the kind of versatility that made Seani Maguire, Tom Barkhuizen and Callum Robinson so popular with the Preston boss.

Darnell Fisher of Preston North End is bundled over by Josh Windass of Wigan Athletic. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Windass is quick and skilful, and £500,000 seems like a very reasonable fee for his services – especially so close to the end of the January transfer window.

North End have added Scott Sinclair this month, but Andre Green and Josh Ginnelly have gone, and Bodin is currently out injured. Signing another natural winger is unlikely, but one with the versatility to play up front may just be tempting.

At £500,000, Windass may well be worth a punt. It’s still unlikely that Preston will move for him, but if he really is available for the same price North End offered two years ago, it may just turn some heads at Deepdale.

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