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Rangers should use Jermain Defoe link to hijack any Josh Maja deal

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Rangers should use Jermain Defoe link to hijack any Josh Maja deal

Steven Gerrard should use his Rangers newbie to secure exciting Ibrox recruit.

Celtic are said to be interested in the Sunderland striker Josh Maja. The Scottish Sun reports that the Bhoys are hopeful of signing the player this month, with his contract at the Stadium of Light expiring in the summer. They are said to be prepared to allow Jack Hendry and Lewis Morgan to join the club on loan to sweeten the deal.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

This talk should certainly have Rangers interested.

Maja is a supremely talented young striker and Rangers would be able to sign him on a reduced cross-border compensation fee if they could agree a contract with him.

Maja would then have the chance to play regularly at Ibrox, with Rangers having a lethal three-man strikeforce of Maja, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.


“Josh is a quick thinker and if you’re that fast upstairs you don’t need anything else…

“Just look at Pirlo, has anyone ever seen him sprint? No, but he doesn’t lose the ball.

“The gift Josh has is rare and if he builds on it, the sky’s the limit.”

 

– Jermain Defoe on Josh Maja


The presence of the latter could also act as Rangers’ ace in the hole.

Defoe, who recently joined the club in an 18-month loan deal, is a huge fan of Maja’s and vice-versa. The Sunderland striker started to make his breakthrough on Wearside when Defoe was still at the club and has been compared to the former England international for his flawless finishing ability.


“Everybody at the club speaks incredibly highly of Jermain not just as a player but a person too in how he conducted himself and they’ve got nothing but praise for how he was around the staff and his influence on the young players. Josh speaks highly of that as well.”

– Sunderland boss Jack Ross on Defoe’s influence on Maja


Rangers could use the presence of his old mentor as a major selling point, with Maja lined up as his eventual successor.

Steven Gerrard should certainly have the talented striker on his radar.

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