Simon Grayson has identified AFC Bournemouth’s Max Gradel as his number one transfer target this summer, with the Sunderland boss keen for a reunion with the player, reports the Chronicle.
Grayson is preparing Sunderland for their return to the Sky Bet Championship, and is keen to link back up with Gradel, who he previously managed at Leeds United.
During their time together at Elland Road, Grayson and Gradel were successful in helping Leeds gain promotion from League One, before establishing the club back in the Championship during the 2010/11 season.
That particular season, Gradel bagged 18 Championship goals, helping Leeds to seventh on their return to the second-tier.
Since then the Ivorian has spent time with St Etienne, before making a switch to Dean Court, where he has struggled to establish himself in the Bournemouth first-team, making just 11 Premier League starts in two-years.
Grayson is keen for Gradel to make the move to the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland hoping to secure the 29-year old on a season-long loan.
The Black Cats have already been active in the loan market, brining Everton duo, Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway in for the next 12-months.
Sunderland fans… Is Gradel the type of player you would like to see at your club? Do you think his connection with Grayson could persuade him to move? Let us know your thoughts!