SUNDERLAND manager, Jack Ross is fed up and a little exacerbated by his striker’s current contract situation, admitting he wants the Josh Maja to settle his future one way or the other.

Maja, 20, has been linked with a pre-contract deal with Celtic in a Dembele like deal which would see the bhoys pick him up for pennies in the summer. Sunderland have been negotiating with the player and his agent since last year and even set a January 4th deadline for signing a new deal which came and gone without resolution.

There were reports this week Maja was close to a decision, but as Ross took questions during his pre-match press conference, he revealed there had been no formal approach to the club for his player’s services, BUT third parties had been in touch over offers.

“There may have been communication from other clubs to Josh via third parties – that happens – and I’m not crying about that because that happens in football all the time, and what that might potentially lead to I have no idea,” he told the Chronicle.

“What I would say is that I’m starting to edge towards the stage where I am fed up with it and I think we need to resolve it one way or the other and have clarity about what is going to happen.”

If Celtic sign a deal to bring the player in during the summer, it wouldn’t be ideal for Ross, but it would mean he has Maja for the rest of the season. The former St Mirren’s boss’ biggest fear is losing him halfway through the season.


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