According to the Mirror, Tottenham are among four clubs eying Josh Maja. The Sunderland striker has been on fire this season, setting League One alight with 10 goals in 16 games, and could be on the move from the Stadium of Light as a result. Bristol City, Southampton and Manchester City are also in the race for his signature, but Sunderland are trying to tie Maja down to a new deal to keep him in the North-East past next summer.
The 19-year-old’s existing deal will expire at the end of the season, leaving the Black Cats with a decision to make on whether to cash in on Maja. The Mirror’s report states a £6m bid might be enough to secure a January transfer, but a striker isn’t high on Tottenham’s list of priorities. Mauricio Pochettino has Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen for options in attack, so he may not need Maja, despite the striker’s ability.
Spurs have a good track record of developing talent, however, and Maja has been in sensation form in League One, so it may not be much of a gamble spending so little on a new forward. Sunderland are second in the league with 36 points from 17 games, one place and two points behind leaders Portsmouth. Maja has contributed 36% of their goals in the league this season and could have a bright future under the right guidance.
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