Loads of Sunderland fans have been reacting to the latest news on Josh Maja, who now looks likely to leave the club after deciding not to sign the club’s latest contract offer.
According to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, Maja has told the club that he will not sign a new deal, despite being offered seven times his current wages.
The 20 year-old reportedly had until today to accept the club’s offer, but a last minute U-turn seems to have ended all hope of a new deal.
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Owner Stewart Donald even took to Twitter to express his annoyance at the collapse of the deal, saying everything was agreed until the agent and player changed their minds.
@SunderlandAFC Josh Maja update. Yesterday Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign. Today I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised his agent has said don’t sign but no courtesy to tell the club – Also we offered what the agent indicated!!! Busy January ahead
— stewart donald (@stewartdonald3) January 4, 2019
Maja has been perhaps the Black Cats’ most important player as they push for promotion back to the Championship, scoring 14 League One goals already this campaign.
Losing him would hurt an awful lot more than the summer departure of Joel Asoro, and the Twitter reactions down below do not make pretty reading…
It’s about Maja grew a pair and told his agent where to go then.
— Scott (@76skelly) January 4, 2019
sounds like we are on the wrong end of some skullduggery to me…
— Paul Anderson (@Junior_HHF) January 4, 2019
How rude, and undignified, if he doesn’t want to play for our amazing club, good riddance, there are plenty of players that will jump at the opportunity, happy hunting gaffa ?⚪️?⚪️❤️ #hawaythelads
— Rob (@HillWalker70) January 4, 2019
Agents ruining the game! Let him wreck his career, sell him and move on. The days of being held to ransom are long gone at this club!
— Bertie (@BertieFtm) January 4, 2019
If he doesn’t want to be here, get rid. Simple as that
— Richard Barlow (@dickiewolrab) January 4, 2019
He’s off simple as no way is he signing this contract! I’m gutted like but it is what it is. We should just sell him now and move on to the next one, personally I think watmore could thrive in majas position
— Jonny Collins (@Jonnycollins18) January 4, 2019