According to The Shields Gazette, Middlesbrough and Bristol City are both monitoring Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

Josh Maja netted his 11th goal of the season on Saturday against Wycombe Wanderers in their 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, and his fine form is gaining him plenty of attention from the division above, with both Middlesbrough and Bristol City interested in the striker.

Rumours have been circulating around the club regarding Maja’s contract situation, suggesting the 19-year old is holding off signing an extension. This could give the green light to both Bristol City and Boro to pursue a deal in January for the forward, although Black Cats manager Jack Ross remains hopeful he will stay at the club past the winter window.

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When questioned on the topic by The Chronicle, Ross responded: “You have to think in the short-term as well, and I know that Josh will be a player with me until January as a minimum, and I would expect him to be here longer than that although we can’t say that with certainty until everything has been resolved from a contractual point of view.”

Middlesbrough are currently the lowest scorers in the top seven, scoring just 19 goals in 17 games so far this season. However, they do sit in second position despite their relatively low goals tally.

Someone like Josh Maja could give Boro another dimension, and speed in attack – something they have been missing since the departure of Adama Traore, who joined Wolves in the summer transfer window.

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