Speaking to reporters for the French publication Le10sport, former Leeds United star Max Gradel has labelled reported suitor Bournemouth a good footballing team with an excellent coach.
The Ivorian international’s future is the subject of much speculation in France, owing to his desire to leave current club St Etienne for a possible return to England.
As per London24, Sunderland and Crystal Palace are said to be interested, Le10sport states Watford as a fellow suitor while the Mirror claims Southampton are looking to hijack Bournemouth’s move for the star.
But of the reported Premier League suitors, it is Bournemouth who seemingly hold the most weight in France with reporters bringing up their interest during an interview with the star.
"Bournemouth? I heard that information. Right now, I see my name linked with a number of clubs. I know Bournemouth because I played for them before,” he explained.
“This is a good team that plays good football. Right now, I do not know what will happen. Eddie Howe is an excellent coach, I have worked with him. He is an excellent coach and a good person.”
Would a move to Bournemouth be a good option for Gradel?
While Sunderland, Southampton and Crystal Palace are undoubtedly more established in the Premier League, Bournemouth are arguably the team which suits Gradel the most.
Boss Eddie Howe has a fantastic record in getting the best out of his wingers, and the Cherries’ slick style of football allows the wide men to get on the ball as often as they can.
The former Elland Road favourite hit 17 goals for St Etienne last season, with his pace, trickery and proficiency in the final third key attributes which Howe will be looking at this summer.