Windass interest could move to loan window, with Garner exit stalling

Joe Garner and Josh Windass are both subject of deadline day interest. Picture: PA

Joe Garner and Josh Windass are both subject of deadline day interest. Picture: PA - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town’s interest in Rangers forward Josh Windass could roll over into the loan window given time complications involved in completing a deal.

The Blues were understood to be close to agreeing a fee north of £1.5m for the 24-year-old last night but, with only hours remaining of the permanent window and Windass pencilled in to start Rangers’ Europa League game with Maribor this evening, it’s proved difficult to conclude a deal.

We understand the hold-up relates to Town wanting to sell Joe Garner before bringing another striker in the building.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson made Garner his number one striker target after missing out on Charlie Wyke (Bradford to Sunderland), but it’s believed chairman Ken Anderson is playing hardball on the fee.

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Garner, 30, still has two years left on his Blues contract after scoring 10 goals in his debut campaign at Portman Road. Town paid £750k to sign him from Rangers last summer and would want the bulk of their money back.

Bolton will argue that he has had injury problems, a knee injury having kept him out for the majority of pre-season, and that they are prepared to move onto other targets.

Ipswich are wary of having too many front men on their books after signing Kayden Jackson from Accrington Stanley for £1.6m this morning. It could come down to who blinks first.

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With the above situation dragging, Rangers were understood to have set the Blues a deadline of last night to push the Windass transfer through. There were further meetings this morning and no real progress.

Wigan Athletic are also said to be interested in the son of former striker Dean Windass.

If Ipswich were to attempt to complete a deal today, the medical side of the transfer could be undertaken in Glasgow, with the player believed to be keen on a move to the Championship.

The loan window remains open until August 31, with the Blues able to complete a temporary deal with a view to a permanent even though the transfer would be cross-border between Scotland and England.