According to a recent report from The Sun, the future of Josh Maja appears far from certain heading into the remainder of the January transfer. The 20-year-old currently plays his football at League One high-flyers Sunderland having come up through the ranks at the North East heavyweights, although his impressive goal-scoring exploits this season appear to have attracted interest from up and down the country.
And reports suggest that Premier League side Cardiff City have failed with a £2 million bid for the striker, with Jack Ross’ Black Cats reportedly holding for £4 million for a player who will be out of contract come the end of the season.
But for only £4 million, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl must seek to make a move for the talented attacker, in what could turn out to be the bargain of the January window.
Ultimately, the footballing landscape has changed greatly in recent years with extortionate fees being banded about by some of the country’s biggest clubs, at the same affording those nearer the bottom of the Premier League the chance to break their own transfer records in pursuit of a quality addition.
And with often there a premium for young players such is the potential they have, a £4 million move for 20-year-old Maja, even if he could be available for next to nothing come the summer, is without doubt a price worth paying by Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.
The striker may have struggled somewhat in the Championship last year in netting only once for the Black Cats, who eventually lost their second tier status, but this term in League One has seen the Englishman make a name for himself with some mightily impressive displays.
The 20-year-old has bagged 15 goals in just 24 appearances for Ross’ team to help them to third place in League One, with that tally second only to John Marquis of Doncaster Rovers in terms of the division’s goal-scoring charts – clearly, Maja is on an upward trajectory.
And at a club who have helped develop young players into stars in years gone by, some of whom they have sold for vast sums of money in recent times, there doesn’t appear to be a much better place for Maja than the South Coast outfit.
Clearly, there is much optimism around St Mary’s following the arrival of Hasenhuttl back in December, while successive league wins have maintained that great mood around the club given they are now finally moving away from danger – re-establishing themselves as a top ten club is surely the order of the day.
And with Sunderland’s Maja one of the hottest properties currently outside of the Premier League, he’s a player that could hugely benefit from the new era at St Mary’s, much like Nathan Redmond has in becoming the player we all know he can be following the arrival of Hasenhuttl.
And for only £4 million, given the huge amount of potential Maja possesses, it could represent the bargain of the January window were Southampton to lure him to the South Coast.
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