Leeds signing Ezgjan Alioski would be even bolder move than moving for Max Gradel

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Bringing back Max Gradel would be an easy win for Leeds, but Ezgjan Alioski would be a bolder move.

Sunderland's attempts to sign Max Gradel on loan from Bournemouth [via The Sun] have posed questions whether his former club Leeds should attempt to do the same.

The Whites are 10/1 third favourites with SkyBet to re-sign the winger, who was a fan favourite at Elland Road between 2009 and 2011.

Bringing back Gradel would be a huge deal for Leeds, and a big boost in their efforts to challenge for promotion next season.

Bournemouth's Max Gradel in action with Preston North End's Chris MaxwellBournemouth's Max Gradel in action 

Yet a bolder move would be to press ahead with their efforts to sign Lugano winger Ezgjan Alioski, who Ticino News reported was close to joining the Whites.

It may be more of a gamble to sign the Macedonian, but landing the 25-year-old on a permanent deal could be a better investment than signing 29-year-old Gradel on a one year loan.

Alioski set the Swiss Super League alight last season, scoring 16 league goals to finish as the top scorer in the division.

His form has attracted interest from clubs around Europe including Basel, Hertha Berlin and Atalanta.

Gradel has a more proven track record than Alioski but he would also arrive with an element of risk.

He turns 30 in November and has barely played in the past two seasons due to a serious knee injury.

Alioski would be a bolder move in a new direction, but right now that could be precisely what Leeds United are looking for in this new era of ownership.

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