Fulham, Valladolid track Maja


Premier League club Fulham and Spanish topflight side, Real Valladolid are leading the race to sign Nigerian striker Josh Maja, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The 24-year-old Maja has already been linked with a £4m move back to Fulham in this January transfer window according to The SUN.

The Bordeaux striker enjoyed a loan stint at Craven Cottage two seasons ago, scoring three goals in 15 league appearances.

Maja is in blistering form in France’s Ligue 2 and is currently the top scorer with 11 goals and three assists in 19 league appearances.

Meanwhile, Daily Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards says Fulham’s move for Maja does not make much sense given how well they are doing this season.

Edwards told the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast: “I’m not sure this transfer makes any sense to me.

“He just seems to be one of those really restless footballers. He was at Sunderland and I followed his career quite closely so I was aware of his breakthrough. He was really highly rated when they were in League One, he then abandoned them effectively to go to Bordeaux and has since spent most of his time in France coming back to England.

“He scored three goals in 15 appearances for Fulham, and then one goal in 15 appearances for Stoke. So I am a little bit bewildered by a team that is knocking on the door of Europe this season wanting to spend this money on a striker who hasn’t exactly pulled up trees.

“He’s done very well in Bordeaux but I’m not sure of the standard in Ligue 2.”