Among the many Premier League clubs to have been linked with Rangers’ Josh Windass, West Ham are one of the clubs who could be pursuing a move for the young English attacking midfielder.
The Daily Mail say that they are in the race to bring him to the Premier League, after he moved to the Scottish Premier League from League Two side Accrington Stanley.
The 24-year-old scored 18 goals and assisted a further eight from midfield in his debut season north of the border and has understandably caught the eye, but would a move to the London Stadium be a step up for him?
Under Steven Gerrard, Rangers have shown their ambition and are looking to challenge Celtic for the SPL crown and Windass has the opportunity to be at the very heart of it if he can convince the Liverpool legend that he has a role to play.
“Josh worked his socks off in the game and could easily have had a couple of goals. He will play in different positions – I’ve told all the players that. We’ll play different systems and formations. And if we feel Josh is the best man for a certain role then he’ll play. I’ve only known Josh for three and a half weeks. I’m still trying to work out the character of not just him but all the players at Rangers. We’re still getting used to each other and are building relationships. What I will say is that he has applied himself really well since day one.”
West Ham meanwhile are desperately dreaming that after a summer of heavy investment they may be able to challenge for a place in Europe, something that Rangers have managed to take part in for both of Windass’ seasons at Ibrox having played three games in the Europa League already this season.
In terms of support, Rangers fans may argue that their fan base is much wider but the Hammers’ east London home gives them the opportunity to bring in an extra 7,000 fans on an average matchday.
Of course, the biggest difference is that the competition would be much tougher in London than Scotland. The Premier League alone would represent a step up, but Windass would also face the task of competing with the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and more if he is to get regular game time.
With the money on offer and the chance to shine in one of Europe’s biggest leagues, it’s clear to see why such a move may be tempting, though Windass’ long-term career goals may be best served by remaining and continuing to develop at Rangers.