West Ham have made an approach for Leeds winger Max Gradel, it has been claimed.
According to skysports.com, the east London side have tabled a bid for the Ivory Coast international, who has only one year remaining on his current contract with the United.
Gradel was named Leeds' Player of the Year last season after a brilliant campaign that saw him net 18 times in 44 appearances, but it would appear his Elland Road future could now be in doubt.
The Hammers have been linked with Gradel for a number of weeks but it would now seem they have formalised their interest as Sam Allardyce looks to build a team capable of promotion from the npower Championship.
On paper West Ham already have a side seemingly worthy of a return to the top-flight but, with Scott Parker, Robert Green and Carlton Cole all tipped to leave the Boleyn Ground, a rebuilding job is already underway.
Gradel, 23, would certainly add to the stable of young attacking talent at Upton Park, with the likes of Zavon Hines, Junior Stanislas and Freddie Sears likely to get extended runs in the first team next season.
A blend of youth and experience will be the way forward for Allardyce when the new campaign kicks off, and the Hammers boss has already added Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye to his ranks.
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