Report: Bournemouth table fresh bid for in-demand Ivory Coast international Max Gradel

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Bournemouth, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United have all been linked with a summer move for St Etienne winger Max Gradel.

According to the latest reports in the French editorial RMC Sport, Bournemouth have lodged a fresh €10 million [£7 million] bid for St Etienne’s sought-after winger Max Gradel.

The former Leeds United star was one most creative players in France last season, netting 17 Ligue 1 goals and adding a further three assists in just 23 starts.

His performances have attracted a host of Premier League clubs with West Ham United and Crystal Palace linked, as per London24, as well as South Coast duo Southampton and Bournemouth via the Mirror.

The latter have strong memories of Gradel due to a previous loan spell, and fresh reports claim Cherries boss Eddie Howe is willing to bid a near club record fee in order to bring him back to Dean Court.

The deal:

While quite not matching the club record fee paid for left back Tyrone Mings, Bournemouth are said to have offered roughly £7 million for Gradel and an agreement is allegedly close.

The report states the Ivorian international has already accepted the Cherries’ proposal, having not played in Thursday’s Europa League clash in order to meet with Bournemouth.

Goal threat:

With Matt Ritchie on one side, Callum Wilson through the middle and Max Gradel on the other flank, Bournemouth have a potentially exciting front three full of endeavour, skill and importantly goals.

Rivals:

The Cherries seemingly have a number of potential rivals for Gradel's signature, but one area where they come off favourably is their ability to offer the winger regular first-team football.

The likes of West Ham and Southampton have been busy adding to their ranks this summer, with the increased number of players likely to make first-team opportunities for some harder to come by for Gradel, who will prefer to play regularly after his superb season last term.

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