West Ham United may move for St Etienne and former Leeds United winger Max Gradel

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Max Gradel in action for Ivory Coast. Picture: Action Images Max Gradel in action for Ivory Coast. Picture: Action Images

West Ham could be lining up a late transfer window swoop for Max Gradel, it is claimed.

Sky Sports is reporting the winger has turned down the possibility of a return to former club Leeds United and Hull City as he favours a move to Upton Park.

The Ivory Coast international moved to St Etienne in 2011 from Elland Road but he has struggled to earn a regular place in the French side’s line-up over the past two seasons.

Manager Christophe Galtier confirmed the 26-year-old would be allowed to leave earlier this month due to other options in his squad and the player’s need for game time ahead of the World Cup.

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