West Ham United plot move for wing wizard with an eye for goal

By Mark Peters IN General,Transfers - 19:50 Dec 21st 2016

Despite the presence of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew, a return of just 19 goals from 17 Premier League matches this season suggests that West Ham could do with some more creativity in their side.

According to reports in The Sun, one potential target is Max-Alain Gradel, with the Ivory Coast international currently struggling for playing time at Bournemouth.

MAX-ALAIN GRADEL

Having joined the Cherries at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign, the 29-year-old was soon ruled out for six months with a serious knee injury.

Although he returned towards the end of February, Eddie Howe appears to have lost faith in a man who excelled at Saint-Etienne, thus opening the door to a potential move:

Max
Gradel
versusDimitri
Payet
FWDPOSITIONMID
29Y 0MAGE29Y 8M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
11ST 0LBWEIGHT12ST 0LB
 
FL | STE | | MAR | FL
06/14 - 06/1506/14 - 06/15
23
STARTS
35
2190
MINS
PLAYED
3062
17
GOALS
7
3
ASSISTS
17
9
OPENING
GOALS
3
6
WINNING
GOALS
3
11
HOME
GOALS
6
6
AWAY
GOALS
1
1
HEADED
GOALS
1
L
4
R
11
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
2
R
4
129
MINS
PER GOAL
437
7
TOTAL
3

During his final season in Ligue 1, Gradel weighed in with a staggering 17 goals from his role on the wing, including 13 in 13 games after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with his country.

To put things in context, Payet managed only seven goals for Marseille during that campaign, though the France international did deliver a whopping 17 assists.

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One Comment

  1. Philtheiron
    Posted December 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Are you having a laugh?