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Price tag of former favourite may frustrate Sunderland fans as Crystal Palace and West Ham circle



Former Sunderland striker Josh Maja has reportedly drawn the attention of Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace and West Ham United set to battle it out to sign him for £10 million this summer.

The 21-year-old joined Sunderland from Manchester City as a youth player in 2015 and progressed through the North East club’s academy system.

Maja cemented a place in the Black Cats side and became a fan favourite during the first half of the 2018/19 season – scoring 16 goals as they made a bright start to life in League One.

However, the striker left to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for £1.5 million last January in a move that would have disastrous consequences for Sunderland’s promotion hopes.

Maja appears to have now found his feet at the French club and has been impressive this season – scoring eight goals and providing three assists in 24 appearances, the majority of which have come from the bench.

His performances appear to have drawn the attention of some top-flight clubs as the Sun has reported that Palace and West Ham are both interested in the 21-year-old.

Both sides are thought to be ready to swoop for Maja and pay the £10 million required to secure his services.

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The Verdict

Maja is unlikely to be a popular character amongst Sunderland fans following his exit just over a year ago but he was a firm favourite when he was firing in goals in the 2018/19 campaign.

In some ways, they may appreciate the fact that one of their youth players looks close to securing a move to the Premier League, however, it will likely be frustrating that, if reports are to be believed, Bordeaux look set to make £8.5 million in profit on him 18 months after he left the Black Cats.

It will be interesting to see how this one progresses.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Price tag of former favourite may frustrate Sunderland fans as Crystal Palace and West Ham circle

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