Max Gradel has enjoyed two spells at the club, initially having a stand out season on loan at the Cherries for the 2007/08 season, making 34 appearances, scoring nine goals.
The Ivorian international then returned to AFC Bournemouth in 2015 as one of Eddie Howe’s new signings ahead of the club’s first Premier League campaign but has since been plagued by injuries during his time here.
Gradel began his senior playing career at Leicester City, making 27 appearances for the club from 2006-2010, having spells at both Bournemouth and Leeds United during that time.
The Ivorian’s loan at Leeds in 2009 earned him a permanent move there the following season, where he made a real name for himself in the club’s first season back in the Championship, scoring 22 goals in 63 appearances.
The winger then spent the next four years at Saint Etienne and continued to perform, particularly in his final season at the French club, where he finished as the club’s top goal scorer in Ligue 1 with 17 goals.
Gradel has also enjoyed a solid international career, scoring nine goals in 45 appearances for the Ivory Coast, featuring in his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Gradel resigned for the Cherries on 4th August 2015, but tore a crucial ligament in his knee during the league match against Leicester City at the end of the month.
The Bournemouth number 10 made his return nearly six months later in February as a substitute against Watford, before scoring his first goal back at the club in a 3-2 win over Swansea City on 12th March 2016, his only goal in the Premier League to date.
The Ivorian made 13 appearances for AFC Bournemouth in the 2016/17 season, scoring one goal during the Cherries 2-1 away win over Morecambe in the second round of the EFL Cup.