OWLS SWOOP FOR HOT-SHOT SAM

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Tom Black­ett

AM­BI­TIOUS Sh­effield Wed­nes­day have fired out a warn­ing shot to their pro­mo­tion ri­vals by swoop­ing for Barnsley striker Sam Win­nall – and he’s set his sights on the Premier League.

The Owls have signed a striker in form.

Only last week, the Wolver­hamp­ton-born striker, who turns 26 on Thurs­day, was named the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship Player of the Month for De­cem­ber af­ter net­ting six times in six ap­pear­ances to take his tally to 11 goals for the sea­son.

The for­mer Scun­thorpe United man made a suc­cess­ful step up to the sec­ond tier with the Tykes this term, but was due to be out of con­tract in the sum­mer. There­fore, Barnsley are be­lieved to have ac­cepted a cut­price fee of £500,000 with ex­tras if Wed­nes­day win pro­mo­tion.

Head­ing into the week­end, the Owls, also linked with a move for Barnsley’s in-de­mand mid­fielder Conor Houri­hane, were sixth in the Cham­pi­onship, two places about Barnsley in the ta­ble, but Win­nall clearly be­lieves the for­mer are the better bet to make strides for­ward.

The striker, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to hear that a club of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s size are in­ter­ested in you and as soon as I got that call I wanted to come over and get things sorted. It’s a mas­sive club.

Mas­sive

“It’s a club that’s go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and wants to get to the Premier League.

“As a player that’s where you want to be. Hope­fully I can get a few goals and push them in that di­rec­tion.”

None­the­less, Win­nall is grate­ful for the role Barnsley have played in de­vel­op­ing his ca­reer since he joined them from Scun­thorpe in the sum­mer of 2014.

Last term, he helped the Tykes to pro­mo­tion from League One and the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy.

On Twit­ter, he said: “I would like to thank ev­ery­one at Barnsley for help­ing me im­prove as a player.

“I will never for­get the mem­o­ries we shared.

“I’d also like to thank the fans for giv­ing me ex­cel­lent sup­port. I gave my all whilst a Barnsley player and was hon­oured to wear the shirt. I wish the club all the best in the fu­ture, I’m sure Barnsley will con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful.”

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