Report: Everton rivalling West Ham for Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet

Everton and West Ham are keen on signing Dimitri Payet.

West Ham were linked with a move for Payet yesterday, as per the Telegraph, but now it appears as if the Hammers are not the only team to be interested in the prolific playmaker.

A report in L’Equipe has today claimed that Everton are also planning summer move for him, with both Premier League sides already starting their advances to open talks with Marseille.

Payet, a 28-year-old playmaker, enjoyed a prolific season with Marseille in 2014/15. In 36 games, he netted seven goals and registered an impressive 17 assists. Generally selected as a number 10, playing through the centre, he registered 2.1 shots per game, as well as 3.7 key passes and 1.8 dribbles, making him one of the most consistently creative players in Ligue 1.

Central to much of Marseille’s attacking play, the French international excelled under Marcelo Bielsa, and a move to the Premier League would come as no surprise.

The Hammers were linked with a move for him following the appointment of Slaven Bilic at the Boleyn Ground, whilst Everton’s interest comes from a need to increase the attacking threat the Toffees possess.

Payet would be a great signing for either club, although with his contract not expiring until 2017, he will cost a pretty penny to sign him - even if he is worth a large transfer fee.

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