Sunderland are lining up a move to sign Bournemouth’s Max Gradel according to a report from HITC Sport.
The Black Cats finally have a manager after they appointed Simon Grayson to be their replacement for David Moyes who walked out of the club following their relegation from the Premier League. This means they can get on with the process of rebuilding the squad ahead of next season to ensure a quick return to the top tier and they have already starting creating a list of targets that they will be looking to sign.
One of the players that will be on this list is Gradel, a winger who currently plays for Bournemouth. He signed for the Cherries back in 2015, returning after having a loan spell with them back in 2007. But things haven’t gone well for him as early into his time at the Vitality Stadium he tore a cruciate ligament in his knee which ruled him out for several months. While Gradel has since recovered from that injury, he has struggled to break back into the first team and a departure could happen this summer as he looks to kickstart his career once again.
A move to Sunderland may be likely for Gradel as well due to his relationship with their head coach. Both Grayson and the Ivory Coast international worked together at Leeds United when the 29-year-old had some of the best form of his career which earned him his move to Saint-Etienne. But now they could link up again to help Sunderland get promoted back to the Premier League.