A report down south has Celtic linked with Sunderland striker Josh Maja.
The Chronicle have reported that the Hoops are interested in taking the forward from the League One side this month. Maja is out of contract at the end of the season.
The striker has apparently told Sunderland that he wants to leave. This comes after an impressive campaign in which he’s bagged 15 goals in 29 appearances this term.
Sunderland apparently gave Maja a deadline to commit his future to the club. That date has now passed and the striker has informed them of his intention to quit the North East.
Where there could be a stumbling block is with his agent’s ties to Germany. There is apparently some strong interest from the Bundesliga. Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald, however, feels that his agent is pushing the move more than the player.
So why should we care?
The big question this move raises is why should Celtic care about the forward?
Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Timothy Weah have joined Odsonne Edouard as the new striking team at Parkhead. Leigh Griffiths is taking a prolonged absence from football, and it’s unclear when he’ll be back.
Weah, however, will definitely be heading back to PSG at the end of the season. Added to that, Griffiths’ absence could be longer than we all think. There’s no guarantee that Celtic will start the next campaign with three of the current four strikers contracted to the club.
Therefore, given the fact that Maja’s contract is up at the end of the season, he could be a prospect worth monitoring.
Of course, if Celtic are lining up a pre-contract bid, it’s likely to fall flat on its face. That’s because any move from the Bundesliga would be likely to happen this month, and Sunderland will want some form of fee for him.
These points alone means that the deal is highly likely not to go ahead. Other targets are more of a necessity, and that’s likely where Brendan Rodgers is now currently looking.