$10 million Gradel set for six-month Bournemouth absence after ligament tear

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Bournemouth took a big hit on transfer deadine day, but it had nothing to do with sales or purchases.

Still waiting on the status of record-signing Tyrone Mings, who injured his leg against Leicester City on Saturday, the Cherries learned that electric winger Max Gradel will miss around six months with a ligament tear in his knee.

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Gradel, 27, has been fantastic early for Bournemouth, freeing up space for Callum Wilson to strike (if not assisting on goals directly). The 41-times capped Ivory Coast international was bought for more than $10 million this summer.

The Cherries bought striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace at the deadline, also adding Joe Bennett on loan from Aston Villa.