Report: Bournemouth expect to complete signing of Saint-Etienne's Max Gradel

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Bournemouth are closing in on the signing of Saint-Etienne midfielder Max Gradel.

Bournemouth have reached a provisional agreement with Saint-Etienne over the signing of Max Gradel, says French news outlet Le 10 Sport.

Reports suggest the two clubs have agreed that the winger can join the newly-promoted side, but only after the French outfit finish their Europa League qualifiers.

Saint-Etienne are said to want around £7 million for the 27-year-old, who spent time on loan at Dean Court from Leicester City during the 2007-08 season. However, the Cherries are hoping that a fee of around £5 million will be adequate. 

The player is believed to have reached a provisional contract agreement with Bournemouth, and a meeting is expected to occur between the French outfit and the Premier League new boys in the coming days. 

Gradel scored 17 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games last season, finishing the season with the fourth best goals per game ratio in the French top flight, behind only Alexandre Lacazette, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andre-Pierre Gignac. 

He also finished the campaign having recorded 46 key passes - more than any other player at Saint-Etienne - and three assists, while completing 56% of his attempted take ons and 72% of his passes. 

Considering his form last season, the Ivorian appears an astute signing for the reported £5million fee. However, Bournemouth fans may find themselves slightly overwhelmed by his arrival.

He may have been popular during his previous loan spell with the Cherries but, at the time, the club was operating in the third tier. The Frenchman has no Premier League experience, and is perhaps no better than the options already available to Eddie Howe.

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