Aston Villa, Birmingham City fans react to Max Gradel rumours

Max Gradel (L) - Leeds United in action against Rhys Williams - Middlesbrough

The Bournemouth winger has struggled with injuries but has real Championship pedigree. No wonder Aston Villa and Birmingham fans can't make their minds up.

You don’t need to be an expert in Midlands’ sporting history to realise that Aston Villa and Birmingham City don’t exactly ‘get on’.

Therefore, reports in The Sun that both sides of the second city are preparing to do battle for Bournemouth winger Max Gradel could offer an intriguing end to the transfer window.

Villa have spent big and spent well for the most part, adding backbone to a weak midfield with the high-profile additions of Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane.

As for Birmingham? Well, they’re just looking for anything to distract from a dismal run of form in the league and a sense of gnawing regret coupled with the realisation that maybe, in hindsight, they’d have been better off not sacking Garry Rowett.

And what better pick-me-up than the Ivorian international who needs minutes after his spell on the South Coast was wrecked by a cruciate ligament injury? He has history at Championship level, winning Leeds United’s Players Player of the Year award at the end of an 18 goal season in 2010/11.

Max Gradel (L) - Leeds United in action against Rhys Williams - Middlesbrough

The Sun add that Gradel would prefer to stay in the Premier League but, above all, is desperate for first-team football after a £4 million move to Watford fell through.

However, if it’s game time he wants, he would almost be guaranteed it at Villa or Birmingham and the fans are rather excited at the prospect of watching one of the greatest second tier players this side of the century strut their stuff on the wing.

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