By Alex Stevens
Max Gradel is reportedly on the verge of a £3million move to Watford – and football fans on Twitter have given mixed verdicts on whether it is a good deal for the club.
The Mirror claim on their transfer blog on Tuesday (10.15am) that former Leeds and Leicester winger Gradel is close to agreeing the terms of a transfer from Bournemouth to their Hertfordshire-based top flight rivals.
Watford have swooped for the Ivory Coast wide man, 29, as they continue their revamp of a squad that has not fired in recent months.
Manager Walter Mazzarri has come under fire for failing to maintain the team’s strong start to the season but he was given the green light to sign Tom Cleverely from Everton last week and now intends to follow up with the capture of Bournemouth fringe man Gradel.
Twitter is torn on whether the former Leeds and St Etienne player is the right signing for Watford, with some fans believing he would be ideal to pep up the front line while others claiming they should not be buying from the reserve team of their mid-table rivals.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
£3million for Gradel!? Leeds are missing a trick there. #LUFC
— Ben Slater (@_Ben_Slater_) January 17, 2017
Max Gradel? No thanks, injury prone and doesn’t know the meaning of the word defence! according to my Bournemouth pals, #watfordfc
— Mick Holliday (@hollidaymick) January 17, 2017
@lukemccusker just seen we’ve been linked with Gradel as well. Going after Bournemouth reserves now ?
— Ollie Reeve (@olliereeve) January 17, 2017
Max Gradel…. yes please!??
— Rikki Aldridge (@Rikki_Aldridge) January 17, 2017
@jhooakley1980 because he couldn’t get into a poor Wigan side?
Gradel is the sort of player we are crying out for.
— Lee Harris (@lee_harris6) January 17, 2017
Watford fans not convinced with Gradel, know what that means?
He’s gonna be bloody good
— • (@BeIotti) January 17, 2017
— Kurt Ledger (@LedgerKurt) January 17, 2017
Gradel remains an immensely popular player among Leeds fans for his performances during his two-year spell at the club fro 2009 to 2011.
The Ivorian was the driving force behind their promotion from League One to the Championship, creating and scoring a considerable number of goals from his wide forward position.
Gradel was equally effective at St Etienne in the French top flight, where he spent four years from 2011 to 2015 before returning to England.
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.