Stoke City closing in on loan deal for Josh Maja as Potters’ manager Michael O’Neill hopes former Sunderland striker can fire his team to promotion
- Stoke City eager to add Josh Maja to their squad and bolster attacking options
- Potters are close to finalise loan deal with Bordeaux for 23-year-old forward
- Former Sunderland striker has missed three months of the season with injury
- Maja scored three goals in 15 appearances while on loan at Fulham last season
Stoke City are closing on a loan deal for Josh Maja from Bordeaux.
The 23-year old former Sunderland striker had a spell on loan at Fulham last season and Stoke manager Michael O’Neill hopes he can help propel his side towards the play-off places.
Maja has played just 45 minutes of football across four appearances so far this season, after missing the first three months of the campaign with a back injury.
Stoke City are looking to sign Josh Maja to bolster their attacking options for the run-in
Having featured in the French Cup twice over the past two months, he made his Ligue 1 debut for the season on January 16 in a 6-0 loss against Rennes and played against Strasbourg last week.
Earlier this week, French newspaper L’Equipe reported Maja had also attracted interest from Birmingham and Blackburn, two of Stoke’s Championship rivals.
The 23-year-old scored three goals in 15 appearances while on loan to Fulham last season
Serie A strugglers Venezia, Alaves, who are currently second-bottom in LaLiga, and at least two MLS clubs are also understood to be interested in the London-born forward.
However, Maja, who featured prominently in Netflix’s TV series Sunderland ‘Til I Die, has his sight set on a return to England.
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