Bordeaux forward Josh Maja has admitted he hopes to play for Arsenal someday, as the Gunners were his local team when he was growing up.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux' newly recruited player, English forward Josh Maja gives a press conference during his official presentation on January 28, 2019 at the Haillan training centre near Bordeaux, southwestern France. - Maja, a former Sunderland player, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the French Ligue 1 side. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP / Getty Images)
FC Girondins de Bordeaux’ newly recruited player, English forward Josh Maja gives a press conference during his official presentation on January 28, 2019, at the Haillan training centre near Bordeaux, southwestern France. – Maja, a former Sunderland player, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the French Ligue 1 side. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP / Getty Images)

Up until late in the January transfer window, Maja was playing for Sunderland in League One. The 20-year-old was having a great season too, scoring 16 goals and assisting two in the first half of the campaign.

Clearly, he caught the eye of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, who then signed him on a four and a half year deal. Since then, he’s been working his way into the side slowly, only playing 140 minutes for his new club in the first couple of months.

The centre-forward is dreaming big though, and he recently told France Football he dreams of playing for Barcelona or Arsenal.

“I support Barcelona and Arsenal, because they’re my local team,” Maja said. “Of course, I’d really like to play in the team with which I grew up. It would be great. It’s clear the Premier League is one of the best in the world, with the best teams.

“I hope to play there one day, but for now, I’m with Bordeaux, I want to succeed here and we’ll see about the rest later.”

Right now, Arsenal probably aren’t in need of an upgrade in the centre-forward department anyway. The first team have Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Danny Welbeck as well if he signs an extension.

Then there are all the youth prospects, from Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules to Folarin Balogun and Sam Greenwood. Perhaps it could happen in a few years, if Maja develops and Aubameyang and/or Lacazette move on, we’ll see.

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