Josh Maja’s transfer from Sunderland to Bordeaux has officially been confirmed, with the Black Cats top goalscorer signing a four-and-a-half year contract with the French top tier side.
He would have left for a measly compensation fee of around £300,000 had the Black Cats forced him to stay and see out the season on Wearside.
Instead they chose to cash in, with the transfer set to net the club around £3.5m, although not all up front.
Sunderland are believed to be receiving around half of the fee right away, with the other half dependant on appearances and other clauses agreed between the two clubs.
But that fee won’t go towards boosting Jack Ross’ transfer fund, with Stewart Donald confirming that money is still owed to Bordeaux for the transfer of Wahbi Khazri in January 2016.
Despite that, the Sunderland owner insists the club do still have the budget to adequately replace the departing top goalscorer this month.
A simple statement from Sunderland read: “Josh Maja has completed a move to Bordeaux.
The 20-year old Sunderland AFC academy graduate has joined the French Ligue 1 side on a permanent basis.”