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Official: Ivory Coast forward Max Gradel joins Bournemouth

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Premier League newcomers Bournemouth have signed Ivory Coast international Max Gradel from Saint-Etienne for an undisclosed fee.

The former Leeds United forward has signed a four-year contract and passed a medical to become the manager Eddie Howe’s seventh summer signing as he prepares his team for their first ever season in the .

The 27-year-old was twice loaned to Bournemouth from Leicester City during the 2007-08 season.

He signed for Leeds in 2009 before leaving England two seasons later to join French club St. Etienne. His 17 goals in 23 starts significantly contributed to St. Etienne’s fifth-placed Ligue 1 finish in the 2014-15 season.

Gradel was also part of Ivory Coast’s squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ivorian forward could feature for Bournemouth against Aston Villa when the Premier League season starts Saturday.

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