Blues set to miss out as Windass heads to Wigan with Garner exit still possible
PUBLISHED: 15:49 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 09 August 2018
Ipswich Town look to have missed out on the signing Josh Windass on transfer deadline day but a departure for striker Joe Garner remains possible.
The Blues are understood to have been close to agreeing a fee of more than £1,5m with Rangers for Windass on Wednesday night, with the player keen on the move, but it’s understood Ipswich’s need to complete the sale of Joe Garner first played a part in the deal stalling.
Windass now appears set for a move to Wigan, with manager Paul Hurst admitting the forward is a player he was keen on.
“I like the player, I definitely like the player and we enquired about it but I don’t think it’s something we could pursue,” he said.
“Someone had mentioned he was on his way here, but it might have been his dad more likely who is on his way. But he’s a good player and we are interested in any good players.
“He would have fitted us well but it doesn’t look like that one is going to happen.”
We understand Bolton remain keen on Garner heading into the final hours of the transfer window, having turned their attention to the 30-year-old after missing out on Charlie Wyke following his move from Bradford to Sunderland.
And while Hurst expects Garner to still be at the club following today’s 5pm deadline, he admitted there is still a chance he could move on.
“As we sit here I don’t think any of them (Garner or Jonas Knudsen) will be leaving, but it is the transfer window and you’re never quite sure.
“I certainly think, with Jonas, I expect him 100% to be here.
“I think with Joe that might be slightly different. Again I haven’t been told that anything is looking likely on that front.
“So, I think it will be as we are in terms of the squad.”
When asked if Hurst would ideally want a new striker to arrive before letting Garner go, he replied: “I think in an ideal world we probably would. Again, he might not be going anywhere yet. It’s a difficult one because Joe is clearly an experienced player and he’s different to a lot of what I’ve just been speaking about (young, hungry to step up). That experience could be vital for us.
“Joe’s situation isn’t an absolutely straightforward one. We’ll see what these next couple of hours brings and then thankfully I’ll be able to ignore my phone for a while.
“But we will be looking at loan opportunities between now and September.”
Hurst also admitted there is unlikely to be any incoming business before the deadline: “I don’t think so. I certainly don’t expect anything.
“I’m pleased with what we have done. I said last week, we’ve done more business than I envisaged doing. With three signings this week to add to that there has been quite a few changes. From our point of view that needed to happen just to freshen things up.
“That’s not a slight on those that were here. It’s to add to the mix and get a bit of a new feeling, hopefully a little bit of a buzz.”