Newcastle Target Max Gradel Happy At Leeds

Newcastle have been interested in Leeds winger Max Gradel for some time now, and when we’ve watched the Ivory Coast player, he’s looked a good and exciting young prospect.

Max Gradel – happy to stay at Leeds

However, there are several reports out today that Max is more than willing to stay at Leeds United, who seem to have just missed out on a play-off  place this season.

Max is now a first team regular with the famous Leeds United club,  and has scored a massive 17 league goals to help Leeds to be currently in 7th position in the Championship, after only being promoted last season.

In fact he has 74 appearances for Leeds with 23 goals since signing on from Leicester City.

Of course a goal scoring winger is exactly what Newcastle need, and the Tyneside club will sell Wayne Routledge to QPR this summer, and at least get their money back on the player they signed 15 months ago from QPR.

But it’s also interesting that Gradel has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Yorkshire club, and we know the Newcastle scouts have been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old all season.

When asked about his future, Max Gradel said this:

“If there is a new contract on the table I’d sign it because I am very happy at Leeds.”

Well that doesn’t sound too good if you are a Newcastle fan, and the only chance of getting him may be if Newcastle can tempt Leeds with a decent offer for the 23 year-old.

But with that statement above,  it doesn’t look like Newcastle can get the lad to Tyneside this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Stuart

    May 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Im sure if he got the chance he’d walk here. Hes obviously going to say hes happy with his club, all players are media trained to say the right things.

    If he had the choice of playing prem football next season or championship he’d obviously choose us.

  • toonfan09

    May 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    sounds brilliant to me seems like another routelge gradel looks far to light weight for premier league

  • The Entertainers

    May 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    For every Routledge, there’s a Lennon!
    Wouldn’t break the bank and certainly wouldn’t buy to throw straight into the first team. But brilliant squad player with a lot of potential.
    Stick in a cheeky bid !

  • JGreaves

    May 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like hes got alot of potential.

    I can see signings like this rather than 10m+ like Gervinho, the squad needs to be added to massivley and i reckon pardew will go for younger players with good potential for 3-4m,

    we need to get rid of at least 5 players, Smith, Xisco, Campbell, Lovenkrands etc. and get 4/5 first teamers in ( CB,RB/LB, RM, ST,ST)

    and then get squad players for the bench, a few on frees, (Elmander,Larson,Williams)

    Am not getting me hopes up on a 10m+ signing like Gervinho or Sow


    May 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Dnt need him, if he’s happy at leed’s let him b there.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    he is better than Routledge and can use him in the bench and can be used in carling cup and in FA cup


    May 3, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I would love Gervinho, bt plz nt sow, getn falcao would b a dream come true.

  • TimToon9

    May 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Our pair of strikers looks like a bunch of retards trying to …………… If we got Falcao in , right infront of ben arfa, would be magical!

  • TimToon9

    May 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Imagine this player infront of Ben Arfa,, Magical!


    May 3, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Timtoon9, datz wat my wishlist is. Bt look lyk he wl cost us around 40million lookn at his form n goals scord.

  • connor_nufc

    May 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    routledge is better than gradel imo so theres no point in signing him

  • TimToon9

    May 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, here’s wishing for Ambani-takeover! 😀

  • xmindcrimex

    May 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Falcao.. insane player. Would need Man City rich owners for a player like that though. :p

  • Mancgeordie

    May 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    he would be ok a an understudy to an more accomplised rw i thinks what we are looking at here with him, puncheon and snodgrass good, young, bags of potential and able to compete for a 1st team place still think though should the pie heads go down that we should get n’zogbia and rodallega also if enrique does leave then figeroa as well pick all 3 i reckon for 20-25m, get bassong back for around 5m.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    that’s a shame, I think he could have been good along with Tiote . Definitely better than journeyman Puncheon

  • lewman

    May 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Gradel would be a great signing and he has already scored against a big pl side this season plus is dribbling skills would be nice to watch.

  • Nolan96

    May 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Gradel looks a great little player, good addition if we get him! Gervinho has loads of assists as well as goals so he looks a decent prospect. Falcao looks brilliant; quick, powerful and skilful!

    Personally I think we should aim to build a youthful, pacy attack force similar to what Aston Villa had. With Ben Arfa etc. we could be great. A great signing would be Eden Hazard. He looks fantastic:

  • Mancgeordie

    May 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    backed up with
    everybody else could be sold bar ranger, forster and kadar who could be loaned to the championship or scottish sides for a year it would be a better squad and give the potential talent of vuckic and fergie sometime to blossom

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 3, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Every time I’ve seen him, he looks nothing like a winger. He becomes paralyzed when one-on-one with his man and doesn’t have the speed of Lennon or even Routledge. If anything he’s a second striker and one that would struggle to make the step-up, in my opinion.

    The only 2 players who wouldn’t be a risk from lower divisions are, Taarabt (potential to be a world beater) and Chamberlain, for me.

  • Nolan96

    May 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    We should also try to look for some bargains in the prem.

    For example:

    Stephen Warnock has fell out of favour at Villa and he’s a cracking player.
    Stephen Ireland from Villa.
    Upson from West Ham if they go down. Cheeky bid for Charlie Adam?
    Seb Larsson from Birmingham.
    Matt Jarvis from Wolves.
    Tom Cleverly from Man U.
    Joe Cole from Liverpool?
    Hleb from Birmingham?
    Graham Dorrans from West Brom?
    Niko Kranjcar?
    Jamie O’hara?
    Benayoun from Chelsea?
    DJ Campbell from Blackpool?

    Remember these are only potential bargains and not neccesarily who we should try and get. Obviously we could get an absolutely fantastic player with the £35 million plus extras.

  • AussieToon

    May 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Seen him five times and hasn’t impressed me at all. Can’t see him being a huge factor.

    Gervinho on the other hand is different class and definitely needed.

  • wynsleap

    May 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Only one word to say to that headline – Good!

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    seem just like another Routledge i think. but if we buy him maybe we have a bigger chance on gervinho ?? all of them are from the Ivory Coast so.

  • mark9403newcastle

    May 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #24

    personally i would ship a bit of money out on Iker Muniain, plays for Athletico Bilbao in Spain. Scouts went out to look at him at the weekend, only 18 years old and came onto the scene very early! Versataille can play as a striker and a winger and definitely one for the future, exciting player in my opinion and one we could bring to St.James!!!


    May 3, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Ambani plz cum an save newcastle.

  • breadman

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #26

    i would prefer Robert Snodgrass. anyone share my sediment?


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