St Etienne yet to receive suitable bid for ex-Leeds star and reported Bournemouth target Max Gradel

The Ivorian is reported to have attracted Premier League interest after an impressive campaign at St Etienne.

Max Gradel finished last season as the Ligue 1 club’s top scorer, grabbing 17 goals and three assists, and his form has led to speculation surrounding a move away.

Bournemouth have been mooted as one possible destination, with the Cherries reported to be weighing up a £5 million bid by The Mirror.

Such a bid would appear to be insufficient, however, with Bernard Caiazzo, chairman of St Etienne’s supervisory board, making it abundantly clear the club are unmoved by any offers currently on the table.

“On the Gradel case, there are no very serious offers so he will remain unless the offer is interesting,” said Caiazzo, as quoted by Le10 Sport.

“It is expected that an (interested) club is revealed, including (in) the Premier League. £7.2 million? That's what I said and we will be firm on it.”

Should Bournemouth up their fee?

The winger was in excellent form last season and has all the tools to make an impact in the Premier League. His 17 goals last season suggest a real cutting edge in front of goal is being developed and his average of a goal every three games over the past five seasons is a considerable return for a wide man.

In Joshua King and Christian Atsu, Eddie Howe has already added pace to his attack and the signing of Gradel would further complement the pacey, powerful nature of his summer signings.

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