Nottingham Forest came within hours of signing Josh Maja during the summer. The Reds agreed a £4 million fee with Bordeaux, according to L’Equipe, although the move fell through at the eleventh hour.
That set Forest back in their quest to sign a striker. Xande Silva was added instead but he’s made just three appearances, with each of them coming on the flank.
The Reds went with Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor for the first half of the campaign. Grabban is on 11 goals for the season, with Taylor some way behind on three strikes.
Forest moved to strengthen their ranks earlier this month. They added Keinan Davis on loan from Aston Villa and he made his debut on Sunday against Arsenal.
Now, Maja is back on the market. The Express claimed yesterday that Bordeaux are desperate to offload the 23-year-old this month, due to growing financial concerns.
It’s not been a season to remember for the youngster. There was talk that Maja failed his medical at the City Ground during the summer – and that could be accurate.
Maja has missed a lot of the season with a back problem. His only appearances have come as a substitute in the Coupe De France and he scored during a 10-0 win over M’Zouasia.
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His back problem is a concern. The fact he hasn’t played a great deal of football would also make another pursuit a big risk.
Maja does fit the criteria that Murphy likes new signings to have. He is young, would retain sell-on value and he also knows English football pretty well.
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With Grabban now 34 and Taylor also in his thirties, there will come a time when Steve Cooper needs to sign a younger striker.
Forest might not live to regret failing to sign Maja too much. As a result, he could now be further down the list of targets from a Forest perspective.