Cardiff City are set to launch a bid for Rangers midfielder Josh Windass which will activate the release clause of the player, effectively giving the Glasgow outfit no say in his future, according to the Daily Express.

The Premier League new boys have been busy in the transfer market this summer as they look to put a squad together that is capable of remaining in the top flight, and there have been a number of rumours over recent times regarding their interest in the former Accrington Stanley star.

Windass has never truly been universally popular among the Rangers fans, but he is said to be a key part of the plans under new boss Steven Gerrard, so losing him could be a real blow for the former Liverpool stalwart.

It is believed the two clubs have been in talks for a while over the future of the 24-year-old, with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock looking to get his man on the cheap, but in a bid to get a deal over the line as quickly as possible he is now ready to activate the £3 million release clause.

Windass bagged 18 goals in what was a decent season for him at Ibrox last term, and he can be expected to kick on under the guidance of Gerrard, but that opportunity could be taken away from him, unless he chooses to reject the Bluebirds and remain in Glasgow.

The goal scoring midfielder made the switch to Scotland under then boss Mark Warburton in 2016 and has improved all the time in his Gers career.

If he has played his final match for them then Rangers will at least be making a significant profit on him, although his former club Accrington could well be due part of the fee, should they have a negotiated a sell on clause when allowing him to leave Lancashire.

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