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Josh Maja has returned to Craven Cottage on loan from Bordeaux for the remainder of the season, Fulham have confirmed tonight.

The 22 year-old had a spell in Fulham’s academy as a teenager before moving on to Manchester City and then Sunderland. Maja’s first professional goal was the winner against Fulham at the Stadium of Light in December 2017 as the Black Cats, then managed by former Fulham boss Chris Coleman won their first home league game for 364 days. The Lewisham-born striker scored 16 goals in 30 appearances before joining Bordeaux in January 2019 after refusing to extend his Sunderland contract and has found the net 11 times in 49 games for the French side.

Maja has scored twice in seventeen appearances for Bordeaux this year – eleven of them from the substitutes’ bench – and spoken previously of his desire to play Premier League football. The Nigerian international, whose only cap at senior level came as a late substitute against Ukraine last September, would be available for a fee of around £8.80m in the summer under the terms of the loan deal.

Maja told the club’s official website:

I’m really excited and proud to sign for Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season. This is a big opportunity and I look forward to meeting up with the team and working hard to achieve positive results.”