Championship outfit Sunderland have firmed up their interest in Bournemouth’s Max Gradel by making a loan move for the winger, according to The Northern Echo.
The 29-year-old moved to the Vitality Stadium back in 2015 after four years with French side Saint-Etienne, but his return to England, having previously spent time at Leeds, Bournemouth, and Leicester, hasn’t entirely gone to plan for the Ivory Coast international.
The winger made just 14 Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 campaign before adding just 11 last term, all of which were from the substitute’s bench and totalling just a mere 123 minutes.
And with Gradel reportedly wanting out of the South Coast outfit, he has been linked with a reunion with Simon Grayson at Sunderland in recent weeks, and that interest has now become concrete with reports suggesting that the Black Cats have made a loan bid for the 29-year-old.
47-year-old Grayson took over at the Stadium of Light at the end of June looking to rebuild a Sunderland side that suffered a disastrous relegation from the Premier League last term, and with their distinct lack of flair and creativity in the final third evident throughout the campaign, Gradel could certainly make a difference.
However, The Northern Echo understand that Bournemouth are holding out for a permanent move for the 29-year-old as opposed to the loan one offered by Sunderland, so it very much remains to be seen whether Grayson’s men do indeed look to match the reported £3.5 million asking price for the Ivorian, with whom he worked at Leeds between 2009 and 2011.
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