Former Leeds United star Max Gradel has reaffirmed his desire to leave St Etienne but assured supporters that he will not cause a potential conflict amid Premier League interest, French website Maxifoot report.
The talented winger was St Etienne’s standout player last season, scoring 17 goals and adding a further three assists in just 23 French top-flight starts, prompting plenty of summer interest.
As per London24, Sunderland and Crystal Palace are keen on acquiring his services, Le10sport credits Watford as being a suitor whereas the Mirror claim Southampton are aiming to hijack Bournemouth’s move for the star.
Only two days ago, French publication Le10sport stated in a separate article that newly-promoted Bournemouth and Gradel have already agreed personal terms over a move to the South Coast.
The former Elland Road favourite, however, has finally commented on the rumours by insisting that he still belongs to his French employers and is unwilling to cause a conflict in order to secure a move.
"I still belong to Saint-Etienne. I have two year contract and I’m not going to cause a conflict. They remain my club. It is true that I want to go somewhere else, I need something new. But if they do not agree to sell me, I can’t do anything about it and I will return to the club,” he was quoted as saying.
What would Max Gradel offer the Premier League?
As Leeds supporters will rightfully remember, Gradel is a real menace in the final third and offers plenty of pace, trickery, width and importantly a massive goal threat.
The Ivory Coast international, 27, is entering his peak years and would prove an excellent buy for a top-flight club, especially for Bournemouth or Watford where he could become a leading figure at the club.