West Ham have enjoyed a terrific campaign this season, and their latest 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion has left them just five points adrift of Manchester City and the top four with a game in hand.
Regardless of whether the Hammers achieve Champions League football or not, Slaven Bilic’s men can be proud of their season and things will only get better amid their move in to the Olympic Stadium.
Having said that, there are areas for improvement within West Ham’s ranks and one area in particular which has often caused them problems over the campaign is a lack of genuine wide players.
Manuel Lanzini has often played out wide despite not being a natural winger, Dimitri Payet has sometimes played out wide, Victor Moses is only on loan and Michail Antonio is still deemed fairly raw.
Bilic will probably seek a new pacey winger to give his side added balance and more options ahead of next season, and Gradel is a player who could be ideal for fulfilling that role.
The 28-year-old is blessed with natural pace, quick feet and an ability to pick out accurate crosses.
While not exactly young, the Ivory Coast international still has his better years ahead of him and Bournemouth may struggle to keep hold of the player should the bigger clubs come calling.
West Ham will look to make some big signings this summer in their bid to push for a top four spot, yet it could be players such as Gradel and not a renowned striker who ultimately piece the jigsaw together.