Tottenham must seize the initiative and sign Josh Maja from Sunderland.

Tottenham Hotspur’s £5 million deal for Dele Alli looks like one of the great all-time bargains.

Now Spurs have an opportunity to repeat the feat with a move for Sunderland’s contract rebel Josh Maja, if they choose to return for the forward.

Maja was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer and The Mirror has reported they are keeping tabs on the 20-year-old.

He should have impressed them with his performances. This season Maja has scored 14 goals in 22 League One games.

The price of signing Maja makes him even more tempting.

Maja’s contract expires in the summer and he has refused to sign a new deal.

The Mail report Sunderland could ask for just £5 million if they sell this month, avoiding a drawn out tribunal process in the summer.

Tottenham have been cautious in the transfer market recently. There is little reason to back away from in demand Maja.

For just £5 million, he is young, he is clinical in front of goal, and if he can transition like Dele Alli has done from League One to the Premier League, Spurs will have a gem on their hands.

The club could always be generous and allow him to spend the rest of the season on loan at Sunderland if that is a deal-breaker, but Tottenham must do what they can do get the deal done.

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