By Harvey Byrne
Leeds target Sam Winnall has had a £450,000 bid placed for him by Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reported on their transfer blog at 4.59pm that the Owls had placed a six-figure bid for the Barnsley 25-year-old.
However, Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal could face a battle for the Championship goal machine’s signature with several over second tier sides interested.
The Mail state that Winnall has been earmarked by Brentford as the replacement for Scott Hogan, who is currently drawing interest from the Premier League in West Ham.
Meanwhile, the report also claims that Yorkshire duo Leeds and Huddersfield have “checked” on the free-scoring striker this season.
It is believed that Leeds boss Garry Monk is looking for a new forward player this window to add to the current firepower of star man Chris Wood.
Winnall could have been one player identified by the young boss with 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances for the Tykes this campaign.
Additionally, his contract is set to expire in the summer, meaning that his value will have dropped.
Winnall has been a huge success in Yorkshire since completing a move from Scunthorpe in 2014 with a return 48 goals and 10 assists in 155 encounters.
It now looks like he is set to leave Oakwell this winter with several second tier sides interested in him.
Football Insider verdict:
Winnall would be a very good signing for the Leeds team. The player has a one in two record in the Championship this campaign and at the age of 25 he still has room to grow. However, Monk may have to adapt from his successful one upfront tactic if he is to make a move for Winnall, as the forward is unlikely to be happy with a bench role behind Wood. If Leeds do get involved in the battle to sign the second tier goalscorer then it could be the first time the club have flexed their spending muscles since Andrea Radrizzani brought a stake into the club.
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