Josh Windass is a highly rated young star being chased by a number of top clubs, with Arsenal being one of them. His agent and father, former Hull and Bradford star Dean Windass, has told him to turn down a new deal on the table by Accrington Stanley in favour of a potential move this January, as reported by the Hull Daily Mail (via the Daily Star).
“Josh has been doing really well at Accrington Stanley and was heavily linked with quite a few clubs in the papers last week, one of those being Hull,” Dean Windass said.
“He’s been offered a new contract by Accrington and I have told him as his father to turn it down. His agent has said the same thing.
“Josh loves it at Accrington and he loves the dressing room environment there, which is important for a player, but unless Accrington turn down an offer for him in January, which I cannot see them doing, then he will be moving on.”
The 21-year-old is a hugely promising star, and is a massive part of Accrington Stanley’s setup at the moment. There have been talks of a £1m move from Arsenal in January (via the Star), which would seem a bargain for a player with such potential and pedigree.
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman seems intent on keeping Windass at the club however, and insists that no deal will be done in Janaury.
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“We will be taking no bids in January,” he said.
“I know the background to the Josh story – there was an Arsenal scout at our game against York but he wasn’t watching anyone in particular.
“There was talk of £1m but the fact is, if we do sell a player at any time, the money will go into the ground and not to me.
“So it’s immaterial to me whether we sell in January or June, but I can say no one is going out in January.”
Despite his comments, it’s hard to see a January move being out of the question. Any player in a lower league club has their price, and once you hit a certain point it becomes impossible for the club to turn an offer down.
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