Date: 10th January 2020 at 11:15am
Written by: Brian Morgan

Garry Monk has said there’s been “no approach” made for Sam Winnall despite previous reports suggesting Sunderland were lining up a bid for the Sheffield Wednesday striker.

He said in Thursday’s pre-match press conference: “On that side of it, for any player, you only have to consider stuff in terms of players going out when there’s actually something to consider.

“We’ve had no approaches for our players whatsoever, there’s nothing to consider. And that goes for every single player.

“But, like any team, you only have something to consider when there is actually something in front of you. We’ve had no offers whatsoever or anything like that for our players in terms of outgoings.”

Winnall has an uncertain future at Hillsborough after struggling for form and playing time this season. He’s out of contract in July and isn’t likely to be handed a new deal, so a January departure could be on the cards.

The 28-year-old has made 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating two goals, and has amassed less than 500 minutes of playing time. Winnall has featured in Wednesday’s last five Championship outings, but he’s only started twice in the last three months.

The Owls recently lost Steven Fletcher to a knee injury and are unlikely to have him back before March. Wednesday have been linked with a move for Lyle Taylor as his potential replacement.

Winnall’s future may depend on whether a new striker is brought in this month, as Monk won’t want to leave his side short on firepower as they’re still battling for a playoff place.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article