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West Brom signs Nigeria Josh Maja



Josh Maja last featured in English football when he scored once in nine appearances on loan at Stoke in 2022

West Brom have made their second summer signing by bringing Nigeria’s Josh Maja to the Championship club following his exit from French second-tier side Bordeaux.

The 24-year-old former Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke City striker has signed a three-year contract.

Free agent Maja, who has joined four days before the start of the new season, follows last week’s loan move for Brighton winger Jeremy Sarmiento.

It comes a day after rejecting Luton Town’s bid for keeper Alex Palmer.

Maja scored 16 goals and made six assists last season in helping Bordeaux to third in Ligue 2.


“The club has been tracking Josh for some time,” said Baggies head of football operations Ian Pearce. “We have again had to be patient, but Josh is the striker we wanted.”

Albion, ninth in the Championship last season, start the new campaign on Saturday at Blackburn.

The Baggies remain without first-choice target man Daryl Dike, who they lost in April for up to nine months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

“It was an important aim of ours to reinforce this position during the summer,” said Albion head coach Carlos Corberan.

“Josh has international and Premier League experience. His skills compliment Brandon Thomas-Asante in a way which means they can play together or on their own. He drops deep to build attacks and also has good instincts in the box.”


Pearce added: “Josh’s desire to play for Carlos helped us beat off significant competition from a number of other clubs.”

London-born Maja began his career with Sunderland before moving to Bordeaux in January 2019, since when he has also had loan moves back to England, to Fulham, in 2021, and Stoke City, in 2022.

Nigeria international Maja, who had turned down the offer of a new contract at Bordeaux, won his one cap in a friendly against Ukraine in September 2019.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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