Gradel set for England return
French daily newspaper L’Equipe has suggested that former Leeds United winger Max Gradel could be moving back to England in the summer.
The 27-year-old has shown a great deal of promise ever since he joined Saint Etienne four years ago, but he just could not nail down a regular starting berth.
Nevertheless, Gradel finally succeeded in his quest this season, and he managed impressive 12 goals in 20 Ligue 1 starts.
As a result, the Ivorian is being heavily linked with a summer move to English Premiership.
His teammate Franck Tabanou is expected to follow in his footsteps as the former Toulouse star is on the radar of Swansea.
The likes of Mevlut Erding, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Romain Hamouma, Landry Nguemo and Benjamin Corgnet are tipped to leave St Etienne as well.
Lazio confirm interest in Montero
Serie A high-flyers Lazio have all but confirmed their interest in Sporting Lisbon striker Fredy Montero.
The Biancocelesti aim to sign a long-term successor to Miroslav Klose and the Colombian is one of the players they are looking at.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare admits that they are aware of Montero, albeit not revealing whether the Serie A side will step up their interest in the coming months.
“We know Montero, yes. But, we do not talk about potential reinforcements as we don’t want to inflate the prices,” Tare confessed to Record.
After impressing during a loan spell with the Lions, Montero signed a long-term deal at Estadio Jose Alvalade in January 2014.
The Colombian has been in fine form ever since he arrived in Portugal, bagging 24 goals in 37 league starts.
Sporting in fresh assault on Bruno Uvini
Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon are readying a fresh bid for Napoli defender Bruno Uvini, A Bola has learned.
The Lions were on the verge of signing the Brazilian on a short-term deal in January, but the proposed loan move ultimately fell through.
Uvini has since failed to make a single appearance for the Azzurri and it is clear he will be allowed to leave come end of the season.
As a result, Sporting plan to finally lure the 23-year-old to Estadio Jose Alvalade, but it remains to be seen if they can reach an agreement with Napoli this time out.
Bruno Uvini has utterly failed to prove his worth at Stadio San Paolo since arriving from Sao Paulo in the summer of 2012.
He did, however, enjoyed a promising loan spell with Santos, during which he scored two goals in eleven league appearances.