Jack Ross shares what he has told Tottenham and Everton-linked Josh Maja

Jack Ross the head coach

Sunderland forward Josh Maja is reportedly on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Southampton among other clubs.

Jack Ross the head coach

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has revealed to The Chronicle what he has told Josh Maja, who has (reported) interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Southampton among other clubs.

According to The Northern Echo, Everton, Tottenham, Southampton, Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Millwall are interested in signing Maja from Sunderland in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old forward is out of contract at the League One outfit at the end of the season.

Ross recently told The Chronicle that the youngster has been given a deadline of the end of this week to put pen to paper on a new contract.

The Sunderland manager has revealed what he has told Maja should the forward not commit his future to the Black Cats.

Josh Maja of Sunderland celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town at Stadium of Light on December 29, 2018...

Ross told The Chronicle: “From a player-to-manager relationship I would still believe he will stay. As time goes on, and there’s no commitment, you have to have some doubt.

“I have said this to him, I will never take things personally. I get both perspectives on it, his and the club’s, and he knows it. This is the best place for him and I hope he believes that.”

Potential good signing for Tottenham Hotspur and Everton

Maja is only 20 years of age, but the forward has shown enough potential and quality in League One to suggest that he can be a star for a major club in the future.

Tottenham and Everton will be a better team with Maja in it, but it is hard to see Sunderland sell the 20-year-old forward in the January transfer window, as he is their main player in attack and Ross's team are aiming to win automatic promotion to the Championship.

Josh Maja of Sunderland (R) heads toward goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Bristol Rovers at Stadium of Light on December 15, 2018 in Sunderland, United...

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