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Former Leeds United fan favourite Max Gradel scores fourth goal in fourth game in Ligue 1

St Etienne

Leeds fans have often hoped for a Gradel return to Elland Road.

Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel remains 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.

That hope was recently reignited, after Gradel admitted to Goal he is considering a return to English football. 

But given his current form, Leeds United getting hold of Gradel is looking very unlikely.

Gradel has recently shone for the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations and the former Leicester City forward has carried that form into club football.

Yesterday he scored the opening goal in Saint-Etienne's 3-2 win against Metz in Ligue 1. It follows strikes against Marseille, Toulouse and Lorient since returning, taking his current tally to four goals in as many games.

That form is undoubtedly going to attract potential Premier League interest in the player, who would surely outmuscle Leeds in any fight for his return.

Leeds' best bet to see Gradel back. Get promoted next season and watch he, plus several other big names, want a move to historic Elland Road.

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