Gżira United have warded off Ħamrun Spartans’ charge to sign Brazilian striker Maxuell Maia as they have manage to tie down the prolific striker to a new three-year contract.
The Spartans are looking to bring in a quality forward to their fold and had identified the Gżira striker as their main target before the summer transfer window comes to a close next week.
However, Gżira United have made it clear that they had no plans to part way with the Brazilian forward and instead they have opened talks with the 30-year-old to prolong his stay for another three years.
An agreement was reached on Thursday that saw Maia put pen to paper on a new-three year contract, in what is a major boost for the Maroons as they look to be among the main challengers for the main honours this season.
Sources close to Gżira United told the Times of Malta that the Spartans had been trying to sign Maxuell Maia for several weeks but despite coming close to an agreement with Gżira United, they opted to take their time to conclude the deal.
The Spartans tried to reopen talks this week to sign the player but the Maroons made it clear that they were not ready to part ways with the player unless Ħamrun paid the hefty transfer fee, Gżira United president.
Having missed out on Maxuell, the Spartans are set to continue their search of signing another forward before the transfer window shuts next week.