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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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.