Report: Watford submit formal offer to sign Max Gradel

The former Leeds man is wanted by the likes of Watford, Bournemouth and Southampton.

As reported by Le10 Sport, Watford have become the latest Premier League team to enter the race to sign Max Gradel, submitting a formal offer for the St-Etienne star.

Gradel, a fan favourite at Leeds United, has been courted by the likes of Bournemouth and Southampton already this summer, with the Mirror claiming both clubs are interested in him.

The Ivorian international enjoyed a prolific season in Ligue 1 during 2014/15, netting an impressive 17 goal in 31 games. Able to play all across the front line, the 27-year-old is said to want a return to England, and it is no surprise that he has been garnering Premier League interest.

The report states that Watford have submitted an offer of roughly £3.5 million, with a potential £1.5 million bonus payment. However, this bid has been rejected, as it does not math the valuation that ASSE have placed upon Gradel’s head - roughly £7 million.

It is indicated that Gradel is keen on a move to Watford, with the Hertfordshire based club being based local to London, and a deal may be struck utilising their links with sister club Granada.

ASSE want to sign Granada’s Youssef El-Arabi, and will be willing to sell Gradel to Watford in exchange for the Pozzo-owned player, as well as money.

There are no indications as to whether Watford will return with an offer that matches their demands, but it appears as if Gradel is more willing to sign for the Hornets than any of their Premier League rivals.

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