Sunderland are set to lose out in the race to sign Bournemouth forward Max Gradel as reports have emerged suggesting that the player is likely to return to France.
After signing a new four year contract with the Cherries last July, Gradel has not started a Premier League fixture since and the club will be happy to offload him this summer.
Black Cats boss Simon Grayson had been looking to recruit the Ivory Coast international, who he had worked with during his spell with Leeds United but it has now emerged that he has lost out in the race.
Though Leeds and Hull City were also rumored to be interested, it appears that Ligue 1 is Gradel’s most likely destination ahead of next season, with Nantes and Toulouse said to be keen on signing him.
During his time with the Cherries, the 29-year-old Gradel played 29 games in all competitions, scoring two goals in the process.