Aston Villa should target Sunderland striker Josh Maja

According to the Birmingham Mail, Tammy Abraham’s future with Aston Villa is in some doubt, as the Chelsea loanee’s goalscoring exploits have attracted the interests of potential Premier League suitors.

In the event of the 21-year-old striker’s departure, the Villans must identify and acquire a replacement during this January transfer window.

What’s the word?

The two-cap England international has been prolific in the Championship so far this season and Villa cannot afford for Abraham to leave the club without a replacement being brought in. In fact, they could do with bolstering their attacking contingent regardless of whether Abraham stays or goes.

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Considering Abraham is only at Villa Park on loan, his exit will not raise any funds with which to finance the signing of his replacement. Dean Smith, therefore, must look at further loan options or bargain targets in the lower leagues to reinforce his strike force.

With that in mind, the Midlands outfit ought to be plotting a swoop for Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

Right time to strike

The 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Black Cats so far this season, already well into double figures in terms of goals scored in League One. This month, Villa should seek to bring the exciting young attacker back to the second tier.

What’s more, Maja could be available at a bargain price as Sunderland are running out of time to cash in on him at all. The Lewisham-born forward’s current contract at the Stadium of Light is set to expire at the end of this season, and Maja has recently rejected club’s offer of a new deal, as reported by The Guardian.

Smith ought to capitalise upon this uncertain situation now to secure an ideal replacement option for Abraham who has the potential to become a top striker in the future too.