According to a report from the Sun, West Ham are interested in signing Bordeaux ace Josh Maja, but they could face competition from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old signed professional terms with Sunderland in the summer of 2016 – the same time that David Moyes took charge at the Stadium of Light.

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The Lewisham-born ace was moved on to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in January 2019, however.

It seems as though Maja could be heading back to England, however.

The Sun claims that West Ham and Crystal Palace are set for a summer battle for the Nigeria international.

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Josh Maja celebrates (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Stats

Maja has been in decent form for Bordeaux over the past 15 months.

 

The 21-year-old has racked up nine goals and three assists in 31 goals for the French club (Transfermarkt).

In 21 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux this season, the former Sunderland man has started just six times, however.

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Josh Maja (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

In those outings, Maja has averaged 0.9 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game. He has also racked up six goals and two assists in those games (Who Scored).

At the age of 21, the Bordeaux ace has plenty of years ahead of him to improve and develop into a top class striker.

He possesses blistering pace, according to Total Football Analysis. And that is an attribute that is almost a prerequisite for a striker in the modern game.

The Sun claims that the Ligue 1 outfit want around £10 million for Maja. Whether West Ham or Palace will be prepared to pay that kind of money in the current climate, however, remains to be seen.

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