After securing Nigeria Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun last week, Scottish premier league side Glasgow Rangers is on the verge of securing another Nigeria international, OJB Sport reports.
The reports coming Scotland indicated, Rangers will this week open discussions with French Lique One side Girondin Bordeaux, for the services of striker Josh Maja.
Maja made his debut for the Super Eagles in an international friendly match against Ukraine after switching allegiance to the country.
Reports suggested that Rangers star striker Alfredo Morelos had agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 side Lille. With Jermain Defoe injured, that would leave manager Steven Gerrard lacking in options upfront.
The club head coach Steven Gerrard also explained the reason they need to sign the striker and strengthen the team attack.
“We are actively looking to strengthen in that area, but as I said last week, we have to be patient and make sure that we get the right one in.
“We can’t make a decision just for the short term. We have to think about the big picture, and the long term.
We’ll only go in for the right name who can help us over the course of 60 games, rather than someone who can help us for the next few weeks,” he said.
The 21-year-old scored 17 goals in 49 games for Sunderland, and has scored nine in 31 since joining the Ligue 1 team.
Born in the London Borough of Lewisham to Nigerian parents, Maja grew up in Pimlico, London.
As a youngster he played for the youth teams of Crystal Palace and Fulham, and despite being formally registered with Fulham he spent some time with Manchester City.
Maja was not offered a scholarship by Manchester City and in March 2015, Sunderland reached an agreement with Fulham for him to sign a two-year scholarship.
In May 2016, he signed his first professional contract with the club, signing a three-year deal.
On 21 September 2016, Maja made his professional debut in a 2–1 victory at Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the EFL Cup, replacing Joel Asoro as a substitute for the final 21 minutes.
He did not play again that season but did appear on the bench during their Premier League campaign, which ended in relegation.
Maja made his league debut on 16 December 2017 when he came on for James Vaughan at the Stadium of Light and five minutes later scored the only goal to defeat Fulham.
On 26 January 2019, Maja signed for French Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on a 4 and a half year contract.
He made his Ligue 1 debut on 17 February in a 2–1 home win over Toulouse.