Report: West Ham interested in signing former Leeds United winger Max Gradel

The former Leeds winger is reportedly wanted in a summer transfer by West Ham.

According to BUT! Football Club in France, West Ham are keen on signing Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradel this summer, after the winger made it known he is keen on a return to England.

34-capped Ivorian international Gradel started his career in England, progressing through the Leicester youth academy, and spending time on loan at Bournemouth, before moving to Leeds United in 2009.

He spent two years at Elland Road, establishing himself as a fan favourite with some excellent displays, before signing for Ligue 1 club ASSE in the summer of 2011.

Since then, he has become a star in the French club’s team, making 115 appearances, scoring 29 goals and registering 15 assists. This season has been especially productive for the 27-year-old, with 30 games bringing a return of 15 goals to his name.

However, Gradel has made it known in recent weeks that he is keen on returning to England this summer, telling L’Equipe that securing a transfer back was the ‘preference in my heart’.

Due to his impressive displays, Gradel has a steadily growing list of admirers, and Papinade yesterday reported that Bournemouth are keen on signing him as they prepare for the Premier League.

However, the latest report claims that the Hammers are interested in securing a summer move for Gradel, knowing they can tempt him with Europa League football and a desire to play a new-look attacking style of football.

Bournemouth’s interest is also referenced in that report, but there are no indications that any club have yet submitted a formal approach for the talented goal getting winger.

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