Club make emphatic decision after Gradel reportedly in £3m advanced talks - Sky
By Alex Stevens
Watford are not interested in signing Max Gradel from Bournemouth this month, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed on their transfer blog on Tuesday (10.15am) that former Leeds, Leicester and St Etienne winger Gradel was close to agreeing a £3million transfer from the Cherries to mid-table rivals Watford.
But Sky Sports dismissed the possibility of the Ivory Coast international heading to Vicarage Road during the January window.
The broadcaster claimed on its transfer centre blog on Wednesday (10am) that Walter Mazzarri’s side were not pursuing a move for Gradel and that talks were not taking place.
This paves the way for another club to make a swoop for Gradel, who is on the fringes of the Bournemouth team after being hit by a series of injuries.
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The 29-year-old joined Bournemouth for a second spell in the summer of 2015 from French club St Etienne for a fee of £7million.
But he has lived up to his transfer fee and has been a disappointment on the south coast, making just seven appearances for the Cherries in all competitions this season.
Gradel suffered a serious knee injury last season and Bournemouth responded by showing great faith in the winger with a new contract last summer that runs until 2020.
With Eddie Howe having other wide options such as Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas, Gradel has had to play second fiddle this season.
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 was an instrumental figure in 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.