Palace Linked With Striker After He Turns Down New Contract

1 Posted by - January 4, 2019 - News

Only a couple of days ago, Crystal Palace pulled the plug on talks with Liverpool over the potential loan signing of striker Dominic Solanke following fears that the 21-year-old wouldn’t be match fit for the first few weeks of any stint in SE25 but now, the Eagles are being spoken about as potential suitors for Sunderland’s in-form frontman Josh Maja.

The 20-year-old Lewishman-born goalscorer has been on the Black Cats’ books since 2015, after they reached an agreement with his then club Fulham where he was formally registered as an academy player. Initially, he had played youth football with Crystal Palace, as well as Manchester City but it was the North East outfit who showed real faith in him.

In May of 2016, Maja signed his first professional contract at The Stadium of Light and he hasn’t looked back since, with the club’s drop into the third tier of English football providing him with the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills from week to week. At the time of writing, the centre-forward has a tally of 15 goals across 28 appearances in all domestic competitions this season, with an average of one strike every 129 minutes.

Admittedly, the jump from League One to the Premier League is a huge one but at such a young age, there seems to be real belief across the game that Josh is the real deal. With the player himself having stalled over talks of extending his stay at Sunderland, a number of bigger clubs are making their interest known and with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles known to be in the market for a striker, it could well prove to be a match made in heaven.

Hopefully Josh himself doesn’t hold any resentment towards the club following the brief spell he had playing for us as a youngster, who knows, if he is open to making the move, he could go on to become a hometown hero.

We’ll keep an eye out for any further developments.

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7 Comments

  • Eaglecoops January 4, 2019 - 4:02 pm Reply

    Sounds about right for Palace, sign a player for millions who used to be in our youth team!

  • Gordon January 4, 2019 - 6:59 pm Reply

    Also a question about consistency & vision?
    So we ditch Solanke as he’s not ready to pitch in straight away … and then it appears we may be thinking of signing an untried youngster who might well not have much if any impact in the PL for many months to come.
    Meanwhile Bournemouth look set to sign Solanke on a permanent contract while letting Defoe go out on loan. Meanwhile Callum Wilson is first choice striker and is doing his reputation a lot of good. What’s the betting Wilson is signed by a top 6 team in the summer by when Solanke will be ready to fill his shoes. Good succession planning and money in the bank. Looks like a sensible strategy.
    Of course, we might have a hidden strategy which will be revealed shortly to universal acclaim. Whilst I hope this is the case, just now I’m not too confident about it.

  • ee signing January 4, 2019 - 7:36 pm Reply

    Gordon Can you just hear the moans when the fanbase learns we have yet another injured striker on our books. Sometimes you cant win

    • Gordon January 4, 2019 - 8:15 pm Reply

      Fair point, ee. Anyone who knows my outlook will realise I’m far more positive than negative. I fully respect what RH & SP have achieved for us. But I’m not at all sure what our objectives are in the forthcoming transfer window.

  • A tarrant January 4, 2019 - 7:58 pm Reply

    Palace miss out on another young striker so what’s new

  • tzcar January 5, 2019 - 8:26 am Reply

    i would,nt critise gordon,he does make a fair point.bournemouth have a a strategy, why our lot wonder around the transfer month,like 3 blind mice.i have generally had no faith in parish,s transfer dealings.things have started as i feared.i see no reason forour strategy.listening to roy yesterday hardly filled me with confidence.i feel they have closed their eyes and hope benteke or wickham will fill the void,this is one mighty risk.

  • Eric The Ninja January 5, 2019 - 7:12 pm Reply

    Didn’t know he was injured? Watched some of his goals, hard to tell at that level but he does look pretty good.

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