Sheffield Wednesday win Sam Winnall battle

Barnsley's Sam Winnall after the match

HITC Sport understands Barnsley striker has had medical at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday have won the race to land Barnsley striker Sam Winnall, HITC Sport understands.

The Hillsbrough giants concentrated their efforts on Winnall after an initial approach to land Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes was rejected.

Barnsley's Sam Winnall after the matchBarnsley's Sam Winnall

Wednesday were not willing to get anywhere near Boro's asking price of £11million and so they quickly turned to Winnall.

25-year-old Winnall moved to Oakwell from Scunthorpe in 2014 and has hit the back of the net regularly with The Tykes, scoring over 40 goals since arriving.

Now he is set to make the short switch across South Yorkshire, as HITC Sport understands he underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Wednesday had to move quick due to interest in Winnall emerging from the likes of Fulham and Norwich.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes in action with West Ham United's AdrianMiddlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes in action with West Ham United's Adrian

HITC Sport understands that Wednesday remain interested in Rhodes, whose father Andy is goalkeeping coach at Hillsborough, however they will now likely look at a loan move - something which Aston Villa are also keen to do.

Boro are keen to offload Rhodes, who has barely had a run in the first-team under Aitor Karanka since his move and the recent signing of Rudy Gestede - ironically his former strike-partner at Blackburn - is seen as a clear sign he is not wanted.

Rhodes would ideally like to fight for his place in the first-team but with Karanka playing just one up-front, that looks unlikely and Boro are also looking to make extra forward additions this month. They have opened talks with Chelsea about re-signing Patrick Bamford - currently on loan at Burnley - on a permanent deal, whilst they have also made enquiries for Stoke's Bojan and Paris Saint Germain's Jese Rodriguez.

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