Date: 22nd January 2021 at 1:50pm
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West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has recently delivered a transfer claim linking the Hammers with former Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

Back in the January transfer window of 2019, the 22-year-old Nigerian switched the Black Cats for Ligue 1 club Bordeaux in a £1.53m deal (per Transfermarkt).

Since moving to France, the attacker has managed to bag 11 goals and three assists in 48 appearances for his club.

His existing deal with Bordeaux has until the summer of 2023 left to run and his current market value stands at £5.85m according to Transfermarkt.

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, ExWHUemployee listed several strikers that the Irons are eyeing, one of which is Maja.

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He said: “There’s another guy I didn’t mention [earlier in the podcast], he’s called Josh Maja, [he] plays for Bordeaux.

“He was with [David] Moyes at Sunderland. Again, he’s young, Moyes likes him, we’ve been linked with him before.

“If he suddenly becomes available – [I’m] not even sure whether he’s fit, I don’t know, I assume he is – if he is and he becomes available, he’s definitely someone that Moyes has kept on the radar for a while.

“So, he could potentially be a last-minute one.”

TIF Thoughts on what ExWHUemployee said about Josh Maja…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, he believes that the Nigerian striker could be a realistic signing if he becomes available.

Would you be happy if West Ham signed Josh Maja from Bordeaux?

No, he's not that good

No, he's not that good

Yes, he's a good player

Yes, he's a good player

However, looking at his statistics from this season so far, they would suggest that he may not be worth the trouble to bring to the London Stadium.

Over 17 Ligue 1 appearances this term, Maja has only managed to score two goals and not provide a single assist for a teammate (per WhoScored).

Furthermore, his performances have not been overly impressive as he has earned a weak 6.46/10 average rating, making him the ninth-worst performer in Bordeaux’s squad.

So, that would certainly suggest that Moyes is better off steering clear of the former Sunderland man.