Three players Leeds United should target after receiving Max Gradel transfer windfall

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United have earned an extra £500,000 from Max Gradel's move to Bournemouth.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United have received a payment of £500,000 as part of a sell-on clause in Max Gradel's contract.

The Ivorian winger, who left Elland Road in 2011, has just left Saint-Etienne in order to return to England with Bournemouth, completing a big-money move to the South Coast.

With extra funds available to Leeds manager Uwe Rosler, the Whites could return to the transfer market - and here are three players who Leeds should look to spend their Gradel money on..

Connor Goldson, Shrewsbury

Last month, the Shropshire Star reported that Leeds had enquired about signing Shrewsbury defender Connor Goldson. Even after snapping up Sol Bamba on a permanent basis, Leeds may still look to bring in another centre back, especially if Scott Wootton's future is viewed at right back. Athletic Goldson, 22, played a key role for Micky Mellon's side as they earned promotion to League One, and having hit seven goals last season, Goldson is one of the real up-and-coming players in the Football League - and Leeds should look to step up their interest in the defender after receiving the Gradel money.

Barry Bannan, Crystal Palace

Reports from The Sun on Wednesday suggested that Leeds were one of three Championship clubs chasing Crystal Palace outcast Bannan. The Scottish playmaker could be a versatile option for Leeds boss Rosler, as he can not only play centrally but also out wide, offering an attacking option in either position. Crystal Palace are unlikely to resist bids for Bannan considering that he isn't in Alan Pardew's plans, and having spent time at Elland Road in 2011, Bannan is familiar with the surroundings at Elland Road, and would bring a proven Championship track record to Leeds.

Marcello Trotta, Avellino

Even after landing Chris Wood earlier this summer, Leeds could still add another striker, having allowed Billy Sharp and Steve Morison to leave the club. With great contacts in Italy through Massimo Cellino, Leeds could still make a move on Italian players - and Trotta could be a prime target. The Avellino hitman flourished under Rosler at Brentford, and a reunion between the pair could tempt Trotta back to England from Italy. Much could depend on how big of a role Rosler believes youngster Lee Erwin will play this season, but more firepower could push Leeds into contention for a play-off place.

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