Birmingham City are reportedly interested in signing Bordeaux forward Josh Maja according to French journalist Clement Carpentier.
Maja has been with the French club since 2019, after completing a move from Sunderland, after catching the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Black Cats.
The forward has gone on to put in some strong showings for Bordeaux since, and has scored 11 goals in 45 appearances for the club.
But that good run of form seemingly hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Sheffield United rivalling Birmingham to the potential signing of Maja in the January transfer window.
The Blues are currently sat 17th in the Championship table, and could certainly benefit from signing another striker in the New Year, with Scott Hogan and Lukas Jutkiewicz only having four goals to their name between them this term in all competitions.
We take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser for Birmingham City if they reach an agreement to sign Maja in the January transfer window.
Winner: Aitor Karanka
Karanka would undoubtedly be the winner if Maja signed for the club, as the Birmingham City boss could benefit from adding depth to his attacking options.
Scott Hogan and Lukas Jutkiewicz haven’t been good enough in front of goal this season, and it’s not a surprise to see the Blues looking to add to their squad in the January transfer window.
Maja has experience of playing in English football with Sunderland, but has impressed in his time with French side Bordeaux.
Competition for places is never a bad dilemma to have as a manger, and Karanka will be hoping that he could see the best out of all of his attacking options if Maja signed for the club in the New Year.
Loser: Lukas Jutkiewicz
Jutkiewicz would be the loser in this situation, as the forward would drop further down the pecking order in Aitor Karanka’s plans for the first-team.
The forward has been restricted to just 11 starts in all competitions this season, and would surely suffer even more from a lack of game time if Maja arrived.
We’ve seen what Jutkiewicz can offer Birmingham when he’s on the pitch, but some might argue that his best days are beyond him this season.