Report: Sunderland and Crystal Palace enter race to sign former Leeds star Max Gradel

Sunderland and Crystal Palace have joined West Ham in the race to sign the former Leeds United star.

According to London24, Sunderland and Crystal Palace are also showing an interest in signing Max Gradel, following Bournemouth reportedly submitting a bid for him.

The 27-year-old winger currently plays for Saint-Etienne in France, and has been linked with a return to England for a number of months. He is said to keen on heading back to the country where he made his name as a star player with Leeds United.

The same report references that Bournemouth have submitted a £3.6 million offer for his services, whilst West Ham are also claimed to have an interest in him.

This is the first time that both Sunderland and Palace have had their interest in signing Gradel reported, and, following Bournemouth’s bid, it is likely that they will have to move fast if they intend to sign him.

Gradel was one of St-Etienne’s key players last term, scoring 17 goals and registering five assists in 40 games across all competitions. He has European experience to his name and is a proven international star, making his signing a great one for any Premier League side that can complete a deal.

Quoted in the London24 report, Gradel is quoted as admitting a desire to return to England - having been out the country since he left Leeds in 2011 - as it was the country which made him as a footballer.

He said: “England welcome me, adopted me, made me feel confident and allowed me to realise my dream of becoming a professional footballer. This country is my heart’s desire. That is no secret.”

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