Gradel explains transfer delay

Max Gradel has launched a scathing attack on St Etienne after the club demanded he pay them one million euros to see his move to Bournemouth go through.

The Ivorian, who had a loan spell with the Cherries in the 2007-08 season, underwent a medical with the newly promoted Premier League club on Monday.

The deal hangs in the balance, however, after the French club demanded Gradel meet the one million euro shortfall in order to ensure they receive the 10m fee they are asking for. This after the two clubs recently agreed a 9m euro fee.

Gradel expressed his anger in an interview with Eurosport: "I absolutely don't agree with that. 

"I simply ask Saint-Etienne to reach an agreement with Bournemouth without asking me for anything.

"I'm being blocked for 10m Euros and I know the clubs agreed on 9m including bonuses, but I'm not fully aware of all the amounts. It's not professional to ask me for money."

Gradel topped the scoring charts for Les Verts last season with 17 goals in Ligue 1, having signed a new two-year extension ahead of the 2014/15 season.

"At that time, the club told me I could leave for 3m or 4m," he said. "My agent told them I was worth 5m euro, and they laughed."

"If the club is blackmailing me to stop me leaving, they should say so clearly," Gradel added. "You should never say never, but I don't see myself going back.

"This whole thing really pisses me off for the squad. Everyone is focused on me when there is an important game on Thursday. I want it over and done with. 

"Gradel at Saint-Etienne is finished. The club let [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang leave [for Dortmund in 2013], they can let me leave. The club will still exist even without me!"

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