Bordeaux president Gerard Lopez has spoken of his surprise that Nottingham Forest didn’t complete a deadline day deal for striker Josh Maja. During an interview with Ouest France, he believed the player would sign for the Reds with the window about to close.

It is thought that the 22-year-old was keen on a move to Forest. The Reds had agreed on a £4 million fee with Bordeaux to sign the player who began his senior career with Sunderland.

But, at the eleventh hour, it emerged that the deal was off. One publication claimed that Maja had failed a medical, although whether that is true or not remains to be seen.

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The forward signed for Bordeaux in 2019. He has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team, scoring 11 times from 48 appearances since arriving in France.

Now the president of the Ligue 1 outfit has claimed that he’s not sure why the deal didn’t take place. He told Ouest France: “Regarding Josh Maja, we had offers to buy him. The player preferred a club and the deal was not done, but I do not know the reason why.”

Whether Forest return for Maja remains to be seen. The club added Xande Silva to their ranks from West Ham, and for now, they’ll have to stick with what they’ve got until January.

Bizarre Maja breakdown a blow for Forest

It was such a shame that the Reds didn’t land the former Sunderland man. He would have tied in nicely with the profile of player which Forest are searching for under new CEO Dane Murphy.

For whatever reason, the deal fell through. Maybe Forest were counting on a sale and when one didn’t come, they had to abandon their original plans.

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If the Bordeaux president doesn’t know then it seems unlikely that nobody will – except of course for those in place at Forest.

Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban remain the only two strikers at Forest and Chris Hughton could dearly do with one of those returning to form in the coming weeks.

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