AFC Bournemouth winger Maxi Gradel is reportedly a transfer target for both Watford and Burnley.
The Cherries winger could be set to make a January transfer window move away from Dean Court over the coming weeks.
Last week 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 claimed that French sides Marseille and Nantes and English sides West Ham and Burnley were all interested.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was questioned on Gradel’s situation and he said ‘With Max, we will assess the situation as the window develops.
Following those comments and Howe’s decision to not state that Gradel wouldn’t be allowed to leave the south coast, the Mirror have reported that ‘Watford (are) close to surprise move for Bournemouth’s Max Gradel in £3million deal’ less than two years after the Cherries paid French side Saint Etienne in the region of £7million.
The report added…
‘Gradel is ready for a fresh start and the two clubs are in advanced negotiations about a switch to Vicarage Road.’
However, according to the Hertfordshire Mercury…
‘Watford are not the only club interested in the Ivory Coast star, who has struggled with injuries since signing for £7m from French club St Etienne, with Burnley boss Sean Dyche also keeping tabs on the pacey 29-year-old.’
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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