CELTIC TARGET: CLUB WILL SELL

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SUNDERLAND are ready to sell Celtic target Josh Maja – if they can get him back on loan.

The Hoops are showing an interest in the 20-year-old London-born striker who has knocked back an offer of £6,000-per-week by the cash-strapped Wearsiders, as CQN reported last week.

Maja, who scored his 16th goal of the season in his team’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe at the weekend, can quit Jack Ross’ Championship side for nothing at the end of the season.

That has alerted Brendan Rodgers who could snap up the hot prospect in the sort of deal that attracted Moussa Dembele to Parkhead from Fulham in the summer of 2016.

However, the Black Cats are keen to do business within the next 10 days and accept a fee for the player with a season-long lease-back clause included in the contract.

However, if Maja runs down his deal, that would allow the Scottish champions to land him for around £500,000 in a cross-border development fee, a similar figure that brought Dembele in a move to the Hoops before his £19.8million August switch to Lyon.

West Ham are watching developments with Bundesliga outfits Stuttgart, Cologne and Wolfsburg also linked with the attacker.

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