Former Leeds United fan favourite Max Gradel admits he would be open to English return

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The Ivorian is currently at Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.

It would be fair to say that Max Gradel was something of a fan favourite at Leeds United. During his time at Elland Road he played 85 games, scoring 25 times and became popular with fans with his exciting displays for the club.

But he left Leeds after two-and-a-half seasons in 2011. He moved to Saint-Etienne in France where he soon became equally as popular.

Leeds fans have often hoped for a Gradel return, about a year ago it was even rumoured by the BBC that Leeds were looking to bring in the winger.

Now, that hope could be reignited, after Gradel admitted he is considering a return to English football. He told

"I'm enjoying my time in France. I'm very pleased with my form for club and country.

"I'm aware of interest from England and if the opportunity arose to return it's something I'd consider. Of course the deal would have to be right for Saint-Etienne."

Of course Leeds getting hold of Gradel is perhaps as likely as Russell Crowe becoming their new owner.

It could happen, and would be welcomed by the fans, but remains highly unlikely.

Gradel has recently shone for the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations and the former Leicester City striker is certainly likely to receive offers from the Premier League should he make a move back to England.

But with international team-mate Sol Bamba potentially staying at the club and hopes of a promotion push next term, who knows? Gradel might just become a Leeds player again.

Dare to dream at least.

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