Gradel set for Cherries exit

Ivory Coast forward Max Gradel has reportedly informed Bournemouth that he would like to leave the English Premier League club at the end of the season.

According to media reports from BBC Football, the Leicester City youth product is seeking a move away from the Vitality Stadium due to his lack of first-team opportunities.

It marks a strange scenario for the 29-year-old, who was considered as the club’s marquee signing when he arrived for his second stint at the club in 2015, after manager Eddie Howe sanctioned a £7 million deal to sign him from Ligue 1 side Saint-Étienne.

Arriving at the newly promoted side at the time, Gradel scored 17 goals and registered four assists in his final campaign at Les Verts – to provide a real sense of optimism around his arrival.

However, injury problems and Howe’s preference of Junior Stanislas and Joshua King has restricted Gradel to just 105 minutes of top-flight football this season.

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