Fan favourite Max Gradel linked with return to former club ... not Leeds United

The talented Ivorian is believed to be a target for newly promoted AFC Bournemouth.

There is little doubt that Leeds United fans would happily welcome back Ivorian attacker Max Gradel to the club. The former Elland Road hero is now being linked with a return to a former club in England. Unfortunately, that club is not Leeds United.

Instead it is reported that AFC Bournemouth are keen on the player. Papinade report that Bournemouth have a 'concrete' interest in the player.

Gradel spent the 2007-08 season on loan at Bournemouth, then in League One, in a campaign which saw them relegated to League Two.

However, seven years down the line Bournemouth now look down at Leeds from the Premier League and are looking to bring in new recruits to help their survival bid.

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.

Gradel is set to depart Les Verts this summer and after scoring 13 goals in 13 games for the club since returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty teams are set to be queuing up for his signature.

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