Fans in the Football Transfer Tavern reckon Bournemouth have been the busiest of the newly promoted clubs in the transfer market, and Eddie Howe’s side have done some more big business before the weekend’s big kick off.
Sky Sports reports that that Championship winners have completed the signing of striker Max Gradel from St Etienne, subject to international clearance.
The forward has agreed terms on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, and a number of Cherries fans enjoying a pint here in the Transfer Tavern are absolutely delighted about this deal, and are extremely excited about the prospect of Gradel and Christian Atsu on each wing.
Gradel has experience of English football, having started his career at Leicester City, before making a move to Leeds United in 2010.
The Ivory Coast international then made a £3million move to St Etienne a year later, where last season he managed 17 goals in 37 appearances to help the Ligue 1 side secure a Europa League spot.
This will infact be Gradel’s second spell with the Cherries, having had a short loan spell during the 2007-08 season – a period in which current boss Eddie Howe was a part of Kevin Bond’s coaching staff.
A couple of Leeds fans here in the Tavern are reminiscing about Gradel, and are wishing he had signed for the Elland Road outfit, rather than a move to Bournemouth!