Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Sunderland striker Josh Maja since the start of the January transfer window but the latest reports suggest that Cardiff could well steal him from under the Eagles’ noses in the coming days.
According to this article in Wales Online, Neil Warnock’s side are readying a £2 million bid for the 20-year-old, who will be out of contract by the time the summer rolls around. Despite already adding Oumar Niasse and Emiliano Sala to the Bluebirds’ attacking ranks, it seems the Cardiff gaffer is keen on Maja too, even though the man himself is thought to be keen to stay put at The Stadium of Light until the end of the season before embarking on a fresh challenge.
With 16 goals to his name already in the 2018-19 campaign, there’s no denying the fact that Maja has caught the eye of many but with Crystal Palace seemingly struggling to meet FFP regulations (the recent trimming of our wage bill hints at that) a permanent offer for Maja looks unlikely. Although the Black Cats have made no public statement over their valuation of the striker, it is thought that they’d be looking a fee of closer to £4 million to consider letting him go before the current season draws to a close; whether or not Nell Warnock and co. are prepared to stretch that far remains to be seen but it’s difficult to envisage Palace laying that sum out before immediately sending him back to the North East whilst we battle against the drop in the top flight.
As of yet, the only concrete piece of incoming transfer news involving Palace is the imminent loan signing of goalkeeper Lucas Perri. Whilst the club are seemingly quite relaxed about the squad make-up, fans are getting jittery over the lack of cover we now have, with moans and groans likely to come on Deadline Day if there is no real sign of movement on the club’s part.
Don’t you just love the January window?