West Ham interested in 21-year-old impressive Ligue 1 starlet – A good move by Moyes?

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Why West Ham should make a move for Josh Maja

According to Sky Sports, West Ham are interested in signing Bordeaux starlet Josh Maja ahead of the next season to bolster their attack.

Maja, 21, spent time at the academies of Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester City before rising through the youth ranks at Sunderland. He was handed his debut by current West Ham boss David Moyes back in 2016, and since then, his development has been swift.

After impressing in the last two seasons with the Black Cats, Maja moved to Bordeaux last summer and has put in some eye-catching displays for the French outfit. The youngster is one of the most exciting talents in Europe and his performances have also attracted the attention of Rangers, as per the report.

Josh Maja during his time with Sunderland. (Getty Images)
Josh Maja during his time with Sunderland. (Getty Images)

The Hammers, meanwhile, managed to secure their top-flight status for another season under David Moyes. But they have been inconsistent in the last two campaigns. Despite having a healthy squad, West ham have failed to make their mark in the league.

However, with the season coming to an end, the manager should focus on taking the team to the next level. And for that to happen, changes need to made in several key areas. Bringing in reinforcements would also help them maintain the depth of the squad.

Maja – A future leader in West Ham’s attack

At the moment, West ham have three centre-forwards in their ranks. Michail Antonio has been brilliant throughout the campaign, notching up 10 goals for the first time in the top flight. Summer signing Sebastien Haller did score 7 goals but he hasn’t made an impact so far. He was also out of action for a long time due to injuries.

Swiss international Albian Ajeti has also failed miserably and was eventually pushed to the bench. Moreover, he has been heavily linked with a move to Celtic in the summer and his departure could reduce the Hammers’ numbers in attack. Thus, to improve the depth in the squad, a centre-forward is a must at the earliest.

Josh Maja celebrates after scoring a goal (Getty Images)
Josh Maja celebrates after scoring a goal (Getty Images)

In that regard, Maja seems to be a fantastic option for the club. The Nigerian has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. In 21 Ligue 1 games this season, he has managed to score 6 goals and provide 2 assists. And with the right amount of game time, he can definitely be a better player.

His inclusion would provide the Hammers with some much-needed depth, whilst also bring in healthy competition. And if he is able to continue with the fine form, he can go on to lead the West Ham attack in the future.

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At 21, Maja has a lot of room for development and under the guidance of Moyes, he can develop into Premier League material. And with Ajeti’s uncertain future at the club, West ham signing the Nigerian would be a sensible move.