Several Championship clubs are reportedly ‘closely monitoring’ Sheffield Wednesday forward Josh Windass ahead of the summer transfer window.

A report from Football Insider claims Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City are all weighing up a move for the Owls forward, who is contracted until 2022.

Windass has been a shining light for Wednesday in a dismal season. The 27-year-old, who can play up front or out wide, has come up with 10 goals and five assists in all competitions this term.

And he was on target on Saturday as the Owls’s survival hopes were dealt another blow when they lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough.

It is clear for all to see that Windass is enjoying his football at Hillsborough, and is flourishing under new boss Darren Moore. But it could be a case of too little too late as Wednesday look set for League One football next season.

“When you are winning and you’re scoring, your performance always gets highlighted a lot more,” said Windass.

“I feel like I have been playing well individually for quite a while now. I am a confident player and I have always had belief in myself and I am doing my best to play as well as I can.

“I work hard every single day and I am trying to get better.”

Windass is expected to start Wednesday’s penultimate match of the season against Nottingham Forest this weekend, with the Owls needing a win to keep their faint hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

The Hillsborough outfit are four points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Derby County, who they play at Pride Park on the final day of the Championship season in what could be a real nail-biter.

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