AFC Bournemouth winger Maxi Gradel is set to hand a transfer request to manager Eddie Howe this month.
Following a successful loan period at Dean Court in 2007, Gradel made an almost fairytale return to the south coast in 2015 when he returned to AFC Bournemouth on a permanent basis from French side St-Etienne.
The previous year he won the Coupe de la Ligue and the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
He made the move in a reported £6million deal signing a four year contract.
However within weeks of the season starting he suffered a knee injury and was sidelined for six months.
Gradel would make his return during the final few months of last season, scoring an emotional goal against Swansea where he celebrated with manager Eddie Howe.
This season he has struggled to find a regular place in the squad.
He is yet to make a Premier League start and has made just five league appearances from the bench.
Gradel`s agent Desmond Tra told The Sun…
“Max does not want fans to think he is happy just picking up wages and not playing.
“He has been training normally all season and just wants to be playing regularly.”
The report added that Gradel ‘wants a short-term move instead of sitting on his £40,000-a-week contract while frozen out by Howe’, they also claim that French sides Marseille and Nantes and English sides West Ham and Burnley are all interested.
He hasn’t shown the form we know he can since that bad injury, the same can be said about Callum Wilson.
The only way he will get that back is games and we don’t have enough games to go around for all the squad.
If the Ivory Coast get a good run of games and Max starts in them, he should come back a fitter, sharper player. – Join the conversation here.
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