The recent second season of Netflix’s Sunderland Till I Die certainly threw up some interesting stories, including one involving Tottenham Hotspur.
The story involved the North London club’s pursuit of Josh Maja. Sunderland’s Head of Football Operations, Richard Hill, suggested that Maja was stalling in signing a new deal at the Stadium of Light, with Tottenham coming ‘to watch him six, seven, eight, nine times’.
Tottenham were indeed being linked with Maja, whose contract was due to expire that summer. As reported by The Express, Spurs were keen on signing him at the end of the season whilst The Mirror suggested Tottenham would attempt to snap up Maja for £6 million that January.
It looked like a deal Tottenham fans would have liked. Maja would have offered great support to number one striker Harry Kane and a former Spurs star is clearly a huge fan of Maja’s. Former Black Cats team-mate Jermain Defoe told the Sunderland website in 2018 that Maja was a ‘rare’ talent for whom ‘the sky’s the limit’.
In the end, Maja headed to France. He joined Bordeaux in a reported (Chronicle) £3.5 million deal.
Maja has since had a decent start to life in France and Tottenham certainly aren’t flush with striker options, so they might regret not managing to secure the striker’s return to his London home last year.
But he will undoubtedly remain on the radar at Spurs going forward.