Sunderland’s Josh Maja set to join Bordeaux

Bad news for the Black Cats

Sunderland starlet Josh Maja is set to trade League One for Ligue 1 with a move to French side Bordeaux on the verge of completion.

Sunderland suffered back to back relegations after they fell from the Premier League and are currently looking to rebuild and return to the Championship at the first attempt.

Stewart Donald took over the club from Ellis Short at end of last season, with Short wiping the clubs debt before he left.

Following their troubles, they look to be more stable than they were previously and are currently sat third in the League One table.

However, a lot of their results have come thanks to goals from striker Josh Maja.

Maja has made a name for himself with Sunderland in League One this season.

The 20-year-old has scored 15 goals in 24 League One appearances while assisting two.

Though, they are set to lose Maja with the striker on the verge of joining Bordeaux.

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 22: Jack Ross, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Swapping League One for Ligue 1

According to various reports, one from Sky Sports, a move to Bordeaux is very close.

With Maja’s contract set to expire in the summer, the forward was available for a cut-price fee.

Maja had rejected a new deal at the club and was set to leave in the summer.

That has lead to a deal in January reportedly worth £3.5m.

While there was supposedly interest from the Premier League, the player decided to move abroad.

Crystal Palace and Cardiff were supposedly the clubs interested according to Sky’s report.

It remains to be seen who Sunderland could replace him with, though they have been linked with a move for Will Grigg recently.

 

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