The Championship duo of Leeds United and Sunderland have suffered a significant blow in their pursuit of Bournemouth’s Max Gradel, as the winger looks set to fight for his place with the Cherries, as per their official website.
The 29-year-old winger only moved to the Vitality Stadium back in 2015 after four years at French outfit Saint-Etienne, but he has since struggled to nail down a regular place in Eddie Howe’s side over the past few years.
In fact, Gradel has only managed 27 first team appearances for the Cherries since returning to the club in 2015, the vast majority of which have come off the substitute’s bench with injury somewhat thwarting his progress.
And that has led to speculation about where his future lies, with both Leeds and Sunderland reportedly interested, yet the man himself has told Bournemouth’s official website that he intends to fight for his place at the South Coast outfit.
He said: ‘I need to find a fresh point to start and hope I find it now and then, hopefully, I can help my team and my team-mates this season.
‘I have a good feeling about this season so aim to keep working hard and make sure I keep doing well.’
These comments may well frustrate Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen and Sunderland chief Simon Grayson, both of whom are looking to bolster their respective sides ahead of the start of the new Championship season at the beginning of August.
And there’s little doubt that Gradel, who performed admirably for Leeds under now-Black Cats chief Grayson earlier in his career, would have given greater strength to either side’s attacking ranks going into 2017/18, yet it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be leaving Bournemouth without a fight this term.
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