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Wigan Athletic beat Ipswich Town to Windass signing, and then agree to sell Garner in late deal

Josh Windass (left) and Joe Garner (right) have both joined Wigan. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have missed out on the signing of Rangers forward Josh Windass, after he opted to join Championship rivals Wigan Athletic instead.

Town boss Paul Hurst had been hoping to lure the 24-year-old to Portman Road, but Wigan gazumped Town with a late offer.

During his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's game at Rotherham United, Hurst admitted that Windass was a "player he liked" but the deal "wasn't one that could be pursued."

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Windass subsequently signed a three-year contract at Wigan after they agreed a £2.5 million fee with Rangers.

Ipswich did manage to get one deal over the line on deadline day, with Accrington Stanley striker Kayden Jackson joining for an undisclosed fee.

Joe Garner's time at Ipswich is over. Credit: PA

Ironically, Town have also sold striker Joe Garner to Wigan in a late move that just beat the deadline.

The 30-year-old was signed by previous boss Mick McCarthy last summer and scored 10 goals in 32 appearances for the club.

However, he made it clear that he wanted to move closer to his family in the north west and he has now completed his switch to the Latics for an undisclosed fee.

“We had a good year at Ipswich last year and there’s a great group of lads down there. It seems to be very similar here and the boys are a tight group so I’m happy to be on board," Garner said.

“Hopefully I can add a few more goals and contribute as much as I can.

“It’s a tough league and there’s some good teams in it. I think we can hold our own though and push on right up there.”

Ipswich and the rest of the EFL clubs still have time to improve their squads, with the loan window still open until August 31.

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