Monday, 25 June 2018

Toulouse complete capture of Bournemouth winger

The Daily Mirror stated that Toulouse had agreed terms of a £1.75m deal for Max Gradel, and AFCB has confirmed today that Max has left the club for an undisclosed fee. Gradel had a successful season in keeping Toulouse in La Liga last season having been their top goal scorer, and with Saint -Etienne and Galatasaray circling for the winger, Toulouse wanted to push their claim though having had the player on loan.
Max Gradel signs a permanent deal with Toulouse.
I don't feel we saw the best of Max Gradel at Bournemouth from when he signed for the first season Bournemouth were in the Premier League. His cruciate ligament injury was a big factor in why fans missed out on seeing Gradel at his best, but by the time he had recovered Ryan Fraser was playing well on the left and Max appeared surplus to requirements.

The knockdown price of £1.75m for the 'flop winger' as the Daily Mirror like to call it is perhaps a bit non-understanding of the difficulties Gradel had on the south coast, but I suppose for the price Bournemouth paid for the Ivory Coast player's services they did not have a great return. Gradel did not seem happy though when he could not get into the team and his desire to go back to play in France left AFCB with little option but to try and get what they could for him.

Getting players in from foreign leagues has not been a great success for the Cherries in recent seasons but Gradel was seen as a safe choice considering that he had been at the club before. It didn't really work out in his second spell but with Lys Mousset being the only other player in the current squad to have signed from La Liga, it may be that Howe will be scanning the French league for another signing this summer.

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