Reports out of Scotland indicate that Leeds United are interested in Rangers FC young midfielder Josh Windass. Apparently Leeds are battling with Preston for the signature of the 24 year-old son of former Hull City, Bradford City, Aberdeen, and Middlesbrough striker Dean Windass.
Windass joined Rangers from English team Accrington Stanley after starting out at with the youth team at Huddersfield Town. He then went to play for Harrogate Railway Juniors before landing at Accrington Stanley. He’s appeared 20 times this season in the league for Rangers, scoring six goals and registering five assists. Last season he appeared in 21 league matches for Rangers, playing through injury and coming on as a substitute. He did not score a goal for Rangers in the 2016-17 season, but he did add five assists in his limited duty.
Windass plays mainly as an attacking midfielder behind the striker, so he would provide some cover at the “number 10” position for Leeds, as the club will be missing Samu Saiz for the next five games as the Spaniard serves out his spitting ban he received during the FA Cup match at Newport County. Currently, to replace Saiz in the lineup Pablo Hernandez has returned to his favoured position as the number 10, but Hernandez’s proven that he can play on the wing this season. Additionally, Hernandez’s contract runs out at the end of the season and seeing how he’s 32 years old, both Leeds and Hernandez might be looking to move on at the end of the season.
Will this move happen? Apparently the current bid from Preston is for £500,000, so he’s in the current price range that Leeds have set for bringing in fringe players to the squad. He is apparently happy playing at Rangers, but money often talks in these sorts of deals, and while £500k might not be a huge number for a team in the English Championship, it’s in reasonable for a team that plays in Scotland to cash in for that amount. It wouldn’t be the worst bit of business for Leeds, and he would provide additional attacking options for the club.