Clubs on alert as Max Gradel wants to quit - BBC
By Alex Stevens
Max Gradel has revealed to the BBC he wants quit Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer.
The BBC Sport website claim the Ivory Coast international has told the network of his desire to find a new club.
It is said that Gradel, 29, wants a move to a team where he can play regularly following two frustrating seasons at the Vitality Stadium.
This will place leading Premier League and Championship clubs on alert as they will remember his performances at Leeds, Leicester and St Etienne.
The winger is fully recovered from a knee injury that wrecked his debut campaign for Bournemouth after he joined the club for a second spell in the summer of 2015 from French outfit St Etienne for a fee of £7million.
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But he has struggled to earn a place in the side of manager Eddie Howe and has not made as big an impact as had been expected.
The 49-times Ivory Coast international has made just 11 appearances for Bournemouth this season, including only 105 minutes of Premier League action, all of which have been as a substitute.
The BBC report that Bournemouth want to keep Gradel, who signed a new contract last year that runs until 2020, but he is worried his lack of opportunities at the club will also affect his international career.
The wide forward played in all three of Ivory Coast’s games at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and was a member of the 2015 title-winning squad in Equatorial Guinea.
Gradel also represented his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and made a sole appearance against Colombia.
Many top flight clubs remember will the performances of the Leeds icon, who is a hugely popular former player at not only the Yorkshire giants but also St Etienne.
The Ivorian spearheaded Leeds’ promotion from League One during his two-year spell at the club from 2009 to 2011, when he scored 25 goals and supplied 15 assists in 82 matches.
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