Report: Gradel in advanced talks to make PL transfer, deal will get done
By Alex Stevens
Max Gradel is in advanced talks to join Hull from fellow Premier League club Bournemouth on a permanent deal, according to a report.
The Mail claim on their transfer blog on Tuesday (1.12pm) that former Leeds, Leicester and St Etienne winger Gradel is close to agreeing the terms of a transfer from the south coast to the relegation strugglers.
It is said that Hull are close to wrapping up the transfer and that “both sides expect to get it done”.
The Mail do not report the transfer fee but there were reports earlier this month that Watford had agreed to pay £3million for Gradel before talks collapsed.
The winger is fully recovered from a knee injury that wrecked his debut campaign for the Cherries 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 seven appearances for Bournemouth this season, including only 90 minutes of Premier League action.
Yet many top flight clubs remember what the performances in recent years 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 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.