Former Leeds United fan favourite Max Gradel admits he wants summer transfer

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The Ivorian admits he will leave Saint-Etienne this summer, but a move to Leeds looks unlikely.

Former Leeds United hero Max-Alain Gradel has made his clearest indication yet that he could be on his way out of current club Saint-Etienne in the summer.

He is quoted by Africa Top Sports as telling reporters at the club yesterday:

"I know that the most important thing is to finish the season, he explained. After that, it's been four years since I'm here. I have in the back of the head the desire to discover something else. I'm not against the idea of evaluating my options. I'm open to everything."

Of course Leeds fans would love to see Gradel back at the club.

The Ivory Coast winger 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 reignited in March, after Gradel admitted to Goal he is considering a return to English football.

But the fact of the matter is Gradel is unlikely to head to Leeds. Not only does he mention a desire to try something new, but he has had an exceptional season in Ligue 1.

He has scored 13 goals this season for club and country, and he has been in fantastic form recently. Gradel has scored seven goals in his last seven games for Les Verts and was pivotal for the Ivory Coast in their African Nations Cup success in February.

He is unlikely to want a move to the Championship.

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