A week or so ago, Max Gradel, currently on loan at Toulouse from Bournemouth, revealed he could have ended up back at Saint-Etienne were it not for someone at the club saying it was a bad idea.

Their excuse, per the winger, was that he was done, we can only assume because he struggled to return in Eddie Howe’s plans following his return from his injury.

Well, on Friday, a member of Saint-Etienne’s scouting team confirmed to People Vert that was indeed the case amid heavy criticism the Ligue 1 side’s recruiting in the summer has been poor.

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David Wanter said: “Yes, we refused Gradel, but we ended up with Cabella instead. You say Guingamp play better than us. You’re free to think that, but look at how many goals they conceded at the weekend (6). Let us do our job.”

Was Cabella the better deal? The Newcastle flop, on loan from Marseille, has scored two goals and picked up an assist in nine league games for Saint-Etienne?

The Cherries loanee for Toulouse? One goal in five appearances after picking up an injury that kept him out for five weeks.

Maybe they were right?