Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signing of Bordeaux youngster Josh Maja, according to L’Equipe. The 22-year-old will now fly to England for a medical and to discuss personal terms after a £3.8 million bid was accepted.
The Reds have been searching for a new striker all summer long. Maja will return to England with Forest having begun his career at Sunderland. In 49 appearances for the Black Cats, he scored 16 goals for the club.
Maja was prolific in League One. He found the net 14 times in 24 appearances, earning himself a move to France with Bordeaux.
The 22-year-old has struggled to find a place in the team with the Ligue 1 outfit. He has scored 11 times in 48 appearances, although he’s failed to earn a consistent run in the team.
Now, the club are willing to part with the youngster, with Forest set to win the race. Royal Excel Mouscron also expressed an interest in signing the player.
Maja headed to England in January. He signed for Fulham on loan, scoring three goals in 15 appearances but failed to stop the Cottagers slipping into the Championship.
At 22, Maja fits the profile of a player that epitomises Dane Murphy’s transfer policy. His arrival will also provide some much-needed competition for Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor.
Will Maja be a Forest hit?
This certainly seems like an exciting signing on paper. Maja still has bags of potential and it represents a clear change in strategy by the recruitment boffins at the club.
The £3.8 million fee isn’t cheap particularly post-pandemic, but there’s plenty to like about the signing. Maja is quick, plays in the number nine role and perhaps more importantly can score goals.
Forest struggled for goals last season with Grabban or Taylor in their attack. With both players in their thirties adding Maja as a more youthful option looks like a sensible addition by the Reds.