Nottingham Forest failed in their quest to sign Josh Maja during the summer transfer window. It was claimed that a fee had been agreed upon before issues cropped up when the player underwent a medical at the City Ground.
Maja stayed with Bordeaux but in January he made a loan move to Stoke City. He’s scored twice for the Potters but hasn’t found the net since scoring in a 2-2 draw against Forest in February.
Now, Birmingham City are hoping to snare the striker during the summer (Birmingham Live). He will have a year remaining on his deal with the Ligue 1 outfit and their pending relegation could make their financial situation perilous.
The Blues would have been in serious trouble this season were it not for points deductions to Reading and Derby. They are hovering close to the relegation zone and can count the 2021/22 campaign as a lucky escape.
As a result, Lee Bowyer will look for some new recruits during the summer. Lyle Taylor has done well since arriving from Forest in January and perhaps this deal could impact whether or not they try and add him permanently.
The Reds chose not to go in for Maja in January. Instead, Steve Cooper opted to sign Keinan Davis from Aston Villa on loan and secure a permanent deal for Stoke striker Sam Surridge.
Could Forest return for Maja in the summer?
It does seem unlikely. Although he’s at an age where he could still improve, he’s hardly set the league alight during the second half of 2021/22 at Stoke.
Maja hasn’t scored since February and the Potters have dropped out of play-off contention. He has claimed three assists for Stoke but based on what he’ll cost, Forest would expect more.
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Cooper perhaps likes a different sort of striker. Surridge is a busy striker, whilst Davis brings the brute strength of a target man and is capable of holding up play.
As a result, the ship has perhaps sailed for Maja at Forest. If he does sign for Birmingham it will be very interesting to see if that impacts Taylor’s possible future at St Andrew’s next season.