According to Wigan Today, Preston have had a bid accepted for Wigan Athletic attacker Josh Windass.

It’s claimed that three clubs have tabled acceptable offers for Windass, with Wigan’s administrators looking to sell.

Sheffield Wednesday have had their bid accepted after his loan spell at Hillsborough last season, but North End are trying to hijack the deal.

BRADFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Josh Windass of Wigan Athletic during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bradford City and Wigan athletic at Utilita Energy Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Bradford, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)


Wigan allegedly owe Rangers around £500,000 from their 2018 deal for Windass, and that has been the starting point for any deal.

The Latics paid £2.5million for Windass two years ago, so North End may be sensing a bargain for a player they wanted in Alex Neil’s first season at the club.

£500,000 is exactly what Preston offered for Windass in December 2017, so it’s no surprise to see North End having another go at a similar price now.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Darnell Fisher of Preston North End is bundled over by Josh Windass of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Wigan Athletic at Deepdale on August 10, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The 26-year-old is a versatile attacker who can play out wide, as a number 10 or up front, and could be tempted back to Lancashire having previously starred for Accrington Stanley.

Windass scored seven times in 24 Championship games last season, showing his attacking quality but also suffering some injury issues along the way.

Much will come down to wages here, but North End have taken the first step towards finally signing one of Neil’s long-term targets.

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