No Latics Windass deal
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell has conceded that he is unlikely to land Bradford's Dean Windass.Paul Jewell has conceded that his bid for Dean Windass is unlikely to lead to him being reunited with the Bradford striker.
Having worked with the player during his spell at the helm at The Valley, Jewell was confident the veteran hit-man could still prove to be an asset in The Premiership.
However, Bradford have rejected a bid thought to be in the region of £450,000 for the 36-year-old - who Jewell insists could have done the business despite his advanced years.
''We made an offer and people will probably raise their eyebrows at bidding for a 36-year-old,'' Jewell told Sky Sports News.
''But look at Sheringham, he's playing at 39 in The Premiership.
''Windass is a good player and I know what he can do and what he can't do.
''But Bradford want to keep him and that is understandable. They're not best pleased we made an offer for him but I saw him at last night's game and they're entitled to say no.''
Jewell is desperate to bring in a couple of strikers before the transfer deadline but admits he is struggling to attract the calibre of player desired to make an impression in the top flight.
Bids for Norwich's Dean Ashton, who on Thursday inked a one-year contract extension at Carrow Road, and Trabzonspor's Fatih Tekke have fallen on deaf ears - whilst a move for Michael Owen looks well out of their reach.
''We made an offer for Ashton that was turned down,'' continued Jewell. ''Again, teams don't want to sell their best players.
''We haven't made an offer for (Robert) Earnshaw but did make an offer for Tekke - they turned that down as well.
''We're not having much joy at the minute but we'll continue to wade through the list. I'm sure everyone in the country would like Michael Owen but I'm not getting involved in the speculation.
''I'm sure by the time next Thursday comes, they'll be a couple more strikers in the building.''