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Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom believes Sam Winnall is going nowhere this summer, unless the price is right

The in form striker has been linked with a move to Leeds United in the past.

Barnsley look set for the League One play-off final after comfortably beating Walsall 3-0 at Oakwell at the weekend.

The match was dominated by the brilliant performance of Barnsley striker Sam Winnall, who scored twice in the game.

His form in this game and throughout the season will no doubt have other clubs interested in his services – especially if Barnsley fail to make it to the Championship.

But Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom insists the likes of Winnal – along with Conor Hourihane, Alfie Mawson and Adam Hammill – are not for sale.

He is quoted by the Yorkshire Post as stating:

“It is not a concern that we lose them. There will definitely be interest, 100 per cent.

“But we have had positive board meetings where the owner (Patrick Cryne) has made clear that he doesn’t need or want to sell them – and he wants to keep the team together.”

“If they did go, it would be for the right money so that could be re-invested somehow. We are in a pretty good position at the minute where most of our better players are all under contract.”

Of course Leeds have been heavily linked with the former Scunthorpe striker in the past.

In January Leeds made a bid of £300,000 to bring Winnall from their Yorkshire rivals. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that this bid was rejected, with Barnsley wanting over £1 million for his signature.

The YEP reported that Barnsley felt the first offer was derisory and Steve Evans said of the failed move:

“There’s been some insulting comments come out of South Yorkshire about our bid.

“We thought it was in confidence. Nothing to do with the player, he’s a decent player, but I’m not going to talk about him any more. We’ll not be going back for him.”

Winnall has scored 24 goals in 54 games this season, something Leeds fans would have liked to see at Elland Road.

If he can add to that tally tomorrow, and again at Wembley, he might be sending Barnsley to face Leeds next season.

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