Saint-Étienne boss announces ex-Leeds man Max Gradel to return to England this summer

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Former Leeds United favourite Max Gradel could be plying his trade in the Premier League next season.

Saint-Étienne coach Christophe Galtier has told the club’s official website that former Leeds United star Max Gradel wants to leave  this summer and declared that a deal will be struck.

The Ivorian international spent two years at Leeds, impressing with 25 goals in 78 league appearances before trading the Whites for Saint-Étienne in 2011.

The 27-year-old winger signed a four-year deal with the French club, although it is only in the current campaign that he has managed to fulfil his potential and really come to the fore.

Gradel's two goals on Saturday helped his side to a 2-1 win at Evian TG and took his season tally to 15 league goals with a further three assists in just 22 Ligue 1 starts.

For a winger, it’s a terrific return and has prompted many observers to remark on his future and the possibility of taking the next step up, either in France or abroad.

His boss, Galtier, admitted to the club’s website on Saturday that his star player is ready to move on and announced that a transfer is very much on the cards.

“Max-Alain has always been there in the last three seasons. He expressed his wish to leave and if a club is interested, we will get around a table and make sure that everyone wins. He has options, but nothing is official yet,” he explained.

Following Saint-Étienne's victory over Evian, Galtier allegedly went one further and told Canal+ that Gradel is set to join an English club this summer, as per Get French Football News.

The possibilities for the winger in the Premier League are endless, but one team who may regret watching him perform in the English top-flight is former club Leeds.

The Yorkshire outfit are set for a rollercoaster summer, with owner Massimo Cellino already causing controversy by labelling manager Neil Redfearn a bad coach in a report by the Daily Mirror.

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