Josh Maja's message for 'special' Sunderland after sealing Bordeaux move

Josh Maja says it was an 'honour' to break through the ranks at Sunderland.

Saturday, 26th January 2019, 6:55 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th January 2019, 7:23 pm
Josh Maja sealed a move to Bordeaux on Saturday morning

Maja this morning sealed a four-and-a-half year switch to Bordeaux after a protracted contract stand-off with the Black Cats.

He scored 16 goals in all competitions this season.

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EXPLAINED: Josh Maja to Bordeaux: What happened, what's next and what Sunderland will change in futureMaja wrote on Twitter: "Would like to express how much of an honour it was to break through into senior football at such a special club, that is Sunderland AFC.

"I had many blessed moments during my time at Sunderland. Wishing everyone involved with the club all the best in the future."

Sunderland could receive up to £3,5 million from the deal, though part of it will be kept by Bordeaux as they are still owed a small sum from the deal that brought Wahbi Khazri to Wearside in January 2016.The Balck Cats will look to sign two strikers next week, as well as sealing the return of former midfielder Grant Leadbitter.

Chairman Stewart Donald has told supporters he is confident he will deliver before the window shuts on Thursday.

"I appreciate the concern but I cannot give answers to all the questions till the window closes," he said.

"We have a busy few days so let’s see what happens. We expect to make at least 3 more signings but lets try not to have the inquest till the window shuts."