By Wayne Veysey

5th Mar, 2021 | 5:53pm

Sources: Cook plots Ipswich swoop for ex-Rangers ace Windass despite bust-up

Ipswich Town are plotting a summer swoop for former Rangers star Josh Windass, Football Insider can reveal.

The League One club’s new manager Paul Cook is a big admirer of the Sheffield Wednesday playmaker after luring him to former club Wigan Athletic in 2018.

Windass, 27, admitted to falling out with Cook during the end of his time at Wigan, which preceded a loan move to Wednesday that became permanent last summer.

But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that will not stop Cook launching a move for the attacking midfielder ahead of the next window.

Windass is a regular starter at Wednesday, who are 23rd in the Championship and seven points adrift of safety.

It remains to be seen whether he will be keen on renewing ties with Cook after the difficult end to his time at Wigan.

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The versatile attacker will have 12 months remaining on his Wednesday contract going into the summer.

The Yorkshire giants are likely to be open to offers if, as expected, they now get relegated and have to cut costs across the board.

Windass had two fine seasons at Rangers after making his name at Accrington Stanley in League Two.

The son of Hull City legend Dean Windass scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists in 73 matches for the Light Blues.

He then joined Wigan for £2.5million after Steven Gerrard could not guarantee him a regular role in the number nine position he wanted at the time.

In other news, Rangers are well placed to “keep all their stars” after striking gold with £20m-plus jackpot.