Rangers are prepared to make a strong push to secure the signing of Josh Maja following Bordeaux’s inability to earn promotion to the French Ligue 1 at the conclusion of the 2022/23 French Ligue 2 campaign.
The Nigerian international has long been a target for the Ibrox side, who had hoped to acquire his services for the 2022/23 season. However, the former Sunderland and Fulham striker chose to remain in France and assist Bordeaux in their quest to return to the top flight. Unfortunately, Les Girondins fell short of their objective, finishing third in the league standings.
Despite Maja’s contribution of 16 goals for the French side, it was insufficient to secure promotion to the top league due to a new promotion rule that allows only two teams to move up, reducing the number of teams in Ligue 1 to 18.
After June 30, the 24-year-old will be free to depart from Bordeaux, as per a prior understanding with the club that permits him to leave if they fail to reach the top flight.
While Maja has the option to re-sign with Bordeaux, it is reported by France Bleau that he is expected to explore new opportunities this summer and could potentially join Rangers, who have been pursuing him.
“He is free to choose his destination or extend his contract in Gironde. However, as expected, he is likely to leave the club despite his strong emotional connection,” as stated by the report.
As Alfredo Morelos is set to depart upon the expiration of his contract and Antonio Colak possibly leaving if Cyriel Dessers joins Rangers manager, Michael Beale has expressed a desire to recruit several strikers during the upcoming summer transfer window.