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Nigeria’s Josh Maja joins West Brom on 3-year deal

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West Brom have made their second summer signing by bringing 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.

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.

“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.”

The Nigerian, born in London, 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.

Maja has featured once for Nigeria – in a friendly against Ukraine in September 2019.

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