Cherries confirm Gradel capture

04 August 2015 08:36:42 EST

Bournemouth have confirmed they have signed winger Max Gradel on a four-year contract from French side Saint-Etienne.

The Cherries have landed the Ivory Coast international ahead of their debut Premier League campaign as boss Eddie Howe continues to add to his ranks ahead of the new season.

Gradel travelled to the south coast for a medical on Monday but the deal hit a stumbling block after the winger revealed he was asked to pay €1million towards the fee.

However, an agreement has now been reached and he has been unveiled as a Bournemouth player in a deal that is believed to be worth around £7million.

The 27-year-old is no stranger to the club as he impressed in two previous loan spells in the 2007-08 campaign and the former Leeds man will hope to make a big impression back in England after four years with Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.

Howe believes Gradel is an exciting signing and expects the lively forward to become a firm fans' favourite at the Vitality Stadium.

He said: "He had real ability and was an eye-catching performer. Our supporters took to him straight away and, hopefully, they will do that again. I have no doubts that they will rekindle their love for him."

The Cherries kick off the season with a home game against Aston Villa this weekend and are 1/1 to be relegated straight back down to the Championship, while they are 1/1 to stay up.

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