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McDermott admits he would like to bring back ex-Leeds player

Former Leeds United player Max Gradel has been linked with a return to Elland Road.

Leeds United could be welcoming back a former player of the year in January. The club has been strongly linked with making a move for St Etienne's Max Gradel.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds boss Brian McDermott has confirmed that Gradel is on a list of players that he would like to sign. He did stress though that he wouldn't be bringing back the player purely due to his popularity at the club. “Max Gradel would be on a list of players we like, no doubt about that. But he plays for St Etienne and he’s been unfortunate with a couple of operations. What you can’t do is go on sentiment. Sometimes that’s dangerous."

Gradel joined Leeds United on a permanent deal in January 2010 after a three month loan period. He quickly became a fans favourite and helped them to promotion from League One. He impressed in the Championship too, and quickly caught the attention of clubs in France. At the time of his £3 million move to St Etienne he said "I made the decision based on my career development, and the opportunity to play at the highest level in France is too big an opportunity to turn down."

He has since scored 11 goals in 58 Ligue 1 games, but has also had his fair share of knee injuries in that time. He could be tempted to return to Leeds, who are due to receive major financial investment soon according to recent reports.

That's now Max Gradel and Luciano Becchio linked with returns to Elland Road in the last few days. It would certainly be the Christmas present many Leeds fans are hoping for this year.

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