Premier League West Ham are set to rival Rangers for the signing of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux’s Josh Maja as ex-Celtic player and Hammers boss David Moyes eyes a reunion with the striker.

That’s according to both the Daily Mail and Sky Sports, who claim the London club are considering a move for the ex-Sunderland striker.

Maja, 21, has been at Bordeaux since January 2019 and ended last season as the club’s joint-top scorer with nine goals in Ligue 1 last season.

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The reports claim that neither Bordeaux nor Maja are particularly interested in selling or moving but the French club has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and would consider a move to raise funds.

 

Rangers’ interest in the striker is largely dependent on the future of Alfredo Morelos, with the Ibrox club believed to have turned down a £13m offer for the striker from Lille.

The prospective Ligue 1 challengers have publicly admitted their interest in the Colombian striker with reports in Scotland suggesting Les Dogues could test the Gers resolve with an £18m bid [Scottish Sun].

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Maja came through the Academy at Sunderland whilst Moyes served as manager and Rangers striker Jermain Defoe was plying his trade with the northeast club.

The transfer saga involving the striker’s move to Bordeaux was documented in the popular Netflix series Sunderland Till I Die, with the striker moving on mid-season before his contract expired.

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Bordeaux forward Josh Maja is highly rated in Ligue 1 and reportedly being tracked by both West Ham and Rangers. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Maja was born in London but has a solitary cap for the Nigerian national team.

Rangers have Nigerian internationals Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun already at the club.

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