Leeds United’s Max Gradel Linked Again With Newcastle

Sky Sports is generally fairly accurate in their reporting, and last night they indicated they thought that  Leeds United’s winger Max Gradel was a January target for Newcastle.

Max Gradel – target for Newcastle?

Gradel has been linked with the Tyneside club for the last couple of weeks now, and certainly the 23-year-old fits the profile of players Mike Ashley would like to sign.

The 23 year-old Ivory Coast born player has played at Leicester and on loan at Bournemouth, before joining Leeds United a year ago on a two and a half year permanent deal.

But not surprisingly Leeds United are not too keen to let their in-form player move in the January transfer window.

Yesterday, Leeds were beaten 2-1 at Cardiff City in the Championship, with goals from former Newcastle players Craig Bellamy and Michael Chopra, making the difference.

But if Max is anything like the other Ivory Coast player Newcastle signed in the summer, Cheick Tiote, he’ll be another great signing for the club.

The deal will only happen if Newcastle offer Leeds a decent fee they cannot turn down, since the Elland Road club are obviously aiming to be in the Premier League next season – finally – and they hardly want to lose one of their best players, at this stage of the season.

Leeds are now in 5th place but just two points out of an automatic promotion place, currently held by QPR and Cardiff.

Gradel’s contract runs out in 18 months time, so if Leeds wait any longer his transfer fee could decrease, and we would have hoped that a deal of around £2M could be arranged for the player, but Newcastle may have to come up with even more than that to entice Leeds to sell.

Alan Pardew met with Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias yesterday to discuss transfer targets, and we would expect initial phone calls to start today, as they go down their list of  transfer targets, which are thought to include wingers, a striker and a left back.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    £2M would be a snip for this young lad. He is an exceptional talent.

    I would offer them £2M plus Alan Smith on Loan for the season.

  • shearer4pm

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    official ben arfa in on 4 and a half year deal…..LOVELY JOB

  • munch27

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Absolutely over the moon things are looking up.

  • chrisbx1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    10:03 Football Editor: Newcastle United have confirmed the permanent signing of Hatem Ben Arfa, with the French winger signing a four-and-a-half year contract at St James’ Park.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Well done Pards!

  • badras1981

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    no chance in getting max gradel for less than 6 mil + smith

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Perch didnt see this coming ahahah.

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    … and this could be just the statement of the club’s intent that Carroll needs to put the Spurs nonsense to bed finally – if he had any doubts that is.

  • geist

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    ssn saying newcastle have dismissed tottenhams enquiry for AC

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    lets get gradel’s speed, dynamism and creativity and let leeds have er…Smith !!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Sky news Ben Arfa signed. Chuffed to f***. 🙂

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    well done nufc ! lets get our nxt target(s)!

    really hope there has been no enquirys regarding carroll ! please reveal him tonite!

  • leedodd

    Jan 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Carrol would Rather Die than Leave Newcastle . Yea Lets Have HBA out on the Pitch Just Before The Game or at Half Time to Meet The Fans . Bring On the Good Times . Why would we want Gradel at the Moment We have Ranger but yea get shot of Best and smith but don’t pay daft money for this lad . Anyway why would leeds sell him if they want promotion ?? would we have sold Big Andy or Lovenkrands or shola or Kev Nolan last season knowing we were going for promotion ?? Load of old Newspaper and media Tosh again I am Afraid !!!!

  • Sav

    Jan 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    You’re forgetting Leeds are 5th. We were top. Promotion is not a given and perhaps a good head like Smith is what they may feel is needed to be their talisman. This will surely be Smudger’s last season here, I’d have thought, so the move would be a good one for him.

  • gorskino10

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Trade with Best would be a good deal he would be a solid backup and being young and fast and ability to score from wings we we dont have could be something we need, seen some videos and his tecnhique is scarly like Cristiano Ronaldo the way he runs and moves with the ball. hope we can get him would be an astute signing.

  • branunited

    Jan 5, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #17

    liverpool offers 8 million, to sing routledge
    maybe those 8 millon, would help us to sing other player.
    ivan rakitic is free agent in january, and not sing new contract.

  • supadom

    Jan 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I know the journo who first came up with the Routledge story, I can confirm it’s absolute rubbish.


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