Report: Everton attempted hijack bid for West Ham’s expected new signing Dimitri Payet

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West Ham United are closing in on a deal for Dimitri Payet.

According to reports in The Sun, West Ham United will tie up a deal for Marseille’s Dimitri Payet over the next 24 hours despite a late bid from fellow Premier League side Everton.

The 28-year-old winger has been linked with a move to the Hammers for much of the summer following an impressive campaign in the French top-flight.

As per The Sun, Payet is flying in for a medical with the Hammers after agreeing to a five-year, £65,000-a-week deal following an accepted bid in the region of £11.5 million.

The expected arrival of Payet represents a real coup for the East London outfit, but one which has seemingly swung back and forth with fresh reports claiming Everton made a late offer.

“Dimitri Payet will join West Ham today for around £11.5 million after snubbing Everton. The French international, 28, opted for the Hammers despite a late bid from Toffees boss Roberto Martinez,” the report claims.

What can Hammers supporters expect?

Payet can be described as a gifted attacking player who is able to play in a range of positions off the main striker, though he was largely deployed as a winger last term.

He played 35 French top-flight matches last season, racking up an incredible 17 assists and averaging 1.8 successful take-ons and 3.7 key passes per match.

Clearly comfortable with the ball and blessed with an eye for key passes in the final third, Payet will be a key player in helping the Hammers adjust from their previous direct style into a team that utilises short passing.

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