Sunderland fans might have a reason to be cheerful in the transfer market this summer, regarding former striker Josh Maja.
Maja’s move away from Sunderland was tough to accept for Black Cats’ fans. The talented striker was in fine form for the Wearside club who were chasing promotion from League One last season.
However, his contract was expiring at the end of the campaign, and Sunderland could not risk losing the 16-goal youngster on a free transfer abroad.
With that in mind, as reported by The Chronicle, Sunderland sold the goal-getter to Bordeaux for a fee in the region of £3.5 million.
Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald later admitted to The Chronicle that it was a ‘bad deal’, with Sunderland only receiving an initial £1.5 million upfront.
The ordeal was recently documented on Netflix’s popular Sunderland Till I Die show, which highlighted how the forward pushed his way out of the club.
But now, Maja’s current club’s plans for the summer could present a silver-lining for Sunderland fans.
According to a report from Le10 Sport, Bordeaux are hoping to raise €50 million (£44m) this summer in player sales. Maja is one of the players they are willing to sell in order to make it happen.
Sunderland, as reported by GFFN, included a 10 percent sell-on clause in his deal with Bordeaux. Considering a report from The Sun earlier this year suggested a valuation of £10 million for the 21-year-old, which could mean a £1 million windfall for Sunderland. That is decent money in League One, where Sunderland may very well remain for next season.