Hammers back in for Gradel again?
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 29 April 2016 at 9:45am
West Ham and Inter Milan are planning to bid for Bournemouth’s Max Gradel this summer according to Sportsmail.
The 28-year-old’s season was disrupted by a serious knee injury suffered in August but Gradel has impressed since returning to feature in Eddie Howe’s first team.
Olympiakos are also interested but Sportsmail has been told that West Ham are prepared to pay £10m for the Ivory Coast international.
Bournemouth do not want to lose Gradel so soon after signing him for £7m from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2015, however.
To make sure he stays, the South Coast club could offer Gradel an improved deal, despite him having just agreed a four-year contract in the summer of 2015.
He has only been able to make 12 appearances this season for the Cherries after tearing a cruciate ligament in his knee during a game against Leicester City.
That ruled him out for six months and he made his return as a substitute in a 0-0 draw at Watford in February.
Gradel is not believed to be itching to leave Bournemouth, with the winger a known admirer of Howe.
Speaking to Sportsmail at the beginning of April, Gradel said: ‘I knew, once he became a manager, he was a man I would want to play for.
‘You want to work with people who care about players and you know will make you better.’
Most West Ham fans will recall that Gradel came within hours of becoming a West Ham player during Sam Allardyce’s tenure. The move broke down at the last minute over a disagreement in the terms of the transfer.