Gradel bound for Saint-Etienne as Leeds ‘reluctantly accept’ bid

Max Gradel is set to join Saint-Etienne after Leeds United accepted an undisclosed bid from the French side.

The winger handed in a transfer request earlier today citing a want to return to his native France as the reason.

It initially looked as if fellow Le Championnat side Sochaux were to win the battle for his signature after the club’s president Alexandre Lacombe told French newspaper L’Alsace: “We hope to do a deal. It’s at an advanced stage.”

However talks have since broken down and Gradel will now travel to France to undertake a medical with Les Verts tomorrow.

The move is likely to stir further hostility between the fans and Ken Bates after the Chairman told Yorkshire Radio last week that the 23-year-old was “going nowhere and that is the end of the matter.”

Gradel has scored 25 goals in 81 appearances since joining the club from Leicester City in October 2009 and manager Simon Grayson will be hoping to swiftly re-invest before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

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