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Sunderland should make a move for Jamille Matt if they lose Josh Maja in January

Jack Ross should make a surprise move and turn to Newport County’s Jamille Matt if Sunderland decide it would be best to cash in on Josh Maja.

What’s the word?

Maja’s future at the Black Cats continues to be shadowed in doubt after the Tyneside outfit handed the 20-year-old an ultimatum, stating that he either signed a new deal or they would look to sell him in the January window.

The academy graduate left it until the last moment to inform the club that he had chosen to stay put and sign a new deal, but Stewart Donald, the club’s owner, announced on Friday that he would not be putting pen to paper.

Sunderland could now look to cash in on Maja, as his contract expires in the summer, with numerous clubs across the English leagues reportedly interested in his services.

Should Donald accept one of the offers, Ross would be weak on goalscoring talent, with Maja currently not only the Black Cats’ top goalscorer but also the second most productive striker in League One.

An option to seriously consider comes in the form of League Two striker Matt, who found the net in Newport’s shock FA Cup win over Premier League Leicester City on Sunday.

What could he offer?

Despite currently plying his trade in the lowest tier of professional football, 29-year-old Matt proved that he has it within himself to tackle defences in higher divisions.

The Foxes backline could not cope with the 6 foot 1 hitman, who was a constant nuisance for the likes of Premier League winners Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans, who could only watch on as Matt won six aerial duels against them.

The Exiles forward also found the net with his only shot of the game, putting the ball beyond Danny Ward in goal after 10 minutes, to take his season tally to 14.

Matt has one-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Rodney Parade, having joined on a free transfer in the summer, and comes with a Transfer,arkt valuation of £135,000.

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Article title: Sunderland should make a move for Jamille Matt if they lose Josh Maja in January

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