Max Gradel's move to St Etienne was not a "particularly good deal" for the Leeds, chairman Ken Bates has revealed.

Gradel was named fans' player of the year after scoring 18 goals for the Elland Road club last term, but Bates has insisted that, although the club decided to cash in on the player, they did not receive as good a deal as they had hoped, banking less than £2million.

Bates told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "It's not a particularly good deal for us, to be fair. We had to let him go, not that we wanted him to go but we've still got a substantial sum which is about £1.75m net over a year and that goes into Simon (Grayson's) pot."

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