Cult hero Jimmy Walker has delivered his verdict on whether striker target Josh Maja is good enough for West Ham United.
West Ham have been linked with a move for Maja, who became a key player for Sunderland after the departure of David Moyes, who gave him his debut as a teenager in 2016.
The likes of Sky Sports have reported on West Ham’s interest.
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Maja was Sunderland’s star player before leaving for Bordeaux in January last year.
The young forward scored 16 goals for the Black Cats in 30 League One games before moving to France.
The Lewisham-born star has only managed nine in 31 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit since, though.
Having never been tested in the Premier League, there are doubts he has what it takes to cut it in the top flight.
Cult hero and former Black Cats coach delivers verdict on West Ham move for Maja
Maja was one of the big focuses in the hit Netflix documentary Sunderland Til I Die.
And during Maja’s time at The Stadium of Light, West Ham cult hero Jimmy Walker was on the coaching staff.
So who better to ask whether Maja could cut it at West Ham than the hugely popular former Hammers goalkeeper.
When Hammers News asked Walker his view on Maja, he delivered a positive verdict with an added disclaimer.
“The boys got lots of quality,” Walker told Hammers News.
Could he lead the line in the Prem? Not sure he’s ready for that.
“But I haven’t seen him play in a year or so. Cracking lad.”
The boys got lots of quality…cud he lead the line in the prem 🤔🤔 not sure he’s ready for that…but I haven’t seen him play in a year or so.. cracking lad 👍 https://t.co/Gc71tTm1hG
— Jimmy Walker (@jimmywalker001) August 7, 2020
‘Zero budget’ Moyes must sell to buy
West Ham boss Moyes has been told he must sell to buy this summer (Claret & Hugh).
So far only Tomas Soucek has been signed, making his move from Slavia Prague permanent.
The likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and a host of others are available for sale to raise funds for transfers.
Moyes is keen to bolster his defence with experienced players but also wants to bring young, hungry stars from the second tier to reinvent West Ham’s midfield and attack.