By Alex Stevens
Max Gradel is in advanced talks to join Watford from Bournemouth for £3million, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their transfer blog on Tuesday (10.15am) that former Leeds, Leicester and St Etienne winger Gradel is close to agreeing the terms of a transfer from Bournemouth to mid-table rivals Watford.
It is said that the two Premier League clubs are in advanced discussions to settle the deal as the Hertfordshire outfit continue to back manager Walter Mazzarri in the January market.
Watford signed Tom Cleverley from Everton last week and the signing of Gradel would be regarded as another significant deal in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Mazzarri’s side have struggled in recent months to continue their fine early season form and the club have decided to reinforce a squad that is seven points clear of the drop zone.
Gradel, 29, joined Bournemouth for a second spell in the summer of 2015 from French club St Etienne for a fee of £7million.
But he has struggled with injuries at the south coast club and has not made as big an impact as manager Eddie Howe would have liked.
He has made just seven appearances for the Cherries this season, including only 90 minutes of Premier League action.
Yet there is little doubting the calibre of the Leeds icon, who is a hugely popular former player at not only the Yorkshire giants but also St Etienne.
The 49-times Ivory Coast international 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 for the club.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have slapped a mega price tag on this first team star after Premier League giants expressed an interest in signing him this month.