Forest Fans Get Giddy About Tenuous Gradel Link TSS August 25, 2011 Transfer News 138 Comments Another day, and another Max Gradel rumour. Well, two actually. This time Leeds United’s Ivorian star has been linked with moves to French side Sochaux and fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest. The news comes in the form of a “SkySports.com understands…” article we’ve seen so many of this summer and that alone has been enough to excite the Nottingham Forest fans across the social networks and forums. Forest fans would be wise to lower their expectations a little here. It’s unlikely that Gradel would move to Forest since he wants to play at the highest level and there’s no guarantee of that at Leeds or Notts Forest. Fans should also be aware that SkySports.com have “understood” a lot of Max Gradel rumours over the summer yet Gradel remains at Elland Road. I strongly suspect the constant speculation is being manufactured by Max Gradel’s agent who is trying to use it as leverage to negotiate a better deal, or as publicity to alert bigger clubs to Max’s availability. It’s likely that Gradel would leave Elland Road if the right offer came in, but I’d bet money against him ending up at Forest. Some would say a move to Forest is a side-step – I’d personally consider it a massive plunge downwards (but then I am somewhat biased).