Swansea lead Newcastle and Everton in chase for French winger

Swansea City are reportedly in pole position to sign Marseille winger Dimitri Payet ahead of Newcastle United and Everton this summer.

The Swans have already signed Bafetimbi Gomis on a free-transfer and are looking to add another Frenchman in Dimitri Payet after enquiring about his availability to Marseille.

Marseille will ask for £6.5 million if they are to allow the 27-year-old to depart the club this summer and Swansea are hoping to wrap up a deal soon.

Everton are also interested as they look to fill the void left by Gerard Deulofeu's return to Barcelona, while Newcastle have been following the French international for some time too.

Belgian winger Roland Lamah has returned to Spain with Osasuna following a loan spell with Swansea, and Gary Monk is keen to bring in Payet ahead of his first full campaign as manager.

The former-Lille man can play on either side, and has made seven appearances for the French national team but couldn't make the final 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup and could be set to leave French football for the first time in his career.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistChance Created / appsDuels Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsMins
Dimitri Payet Marseille MF 36 8 6 1.81 1.00 22.25 2,501

He made 36 appearances for Marseille last season, scoring eight times with six assists and would add creativity to a Swansea side keen to improve on last season's 12th placed finish.

Payet only joined Marseille last season and made an immediate impact, scoring a brace within 15 minutes on his debut, but the French club are willing to let him leave if they receive the right offer and Swansea are leading the chase.

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