Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are all keeping tabs on Sunderland striker Josh Maja, according to the Sunderland Echo.

Sunderland are desperate to tie him down on a new contract as his current deal expires at the end of the season. This means that the League One side will lose him on a free transfer as it stands.

Maja, who is 19 years-old, is the subject of Premier League interest after an impressive start to the season. He has scored 9 goals in 14 games in all competitions so far in this campaign for Sunderland.

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The London-born forward spent time with the youth teams at Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Fulham before he joined Sunderland in 2015. He signed his first professional contract with the North-East side in May 2016.

Maja then made his first-team debut for the Black Cats in September 2016 in an EFL Cup fixture against QPR. He then broke into the senior side last season and played 18 times for Sunderland in the Championship, scoring once.

Sunderland’s relegation to League One last season has been ideal for Maja as he is now one of the first names of the team sheet and his finding his feet in the third tier and after 9 goals in 12 games in the league, it is no surprise that the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are being linked.

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Jack Ross’ sides’ promotion chances would be boosted if they can keep hold of Josh Maja for at least this season. Losing him for free next summer would be a real blow though.

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