Mark McKay claims he saved West Ham millions during deal for Dimitri Payet

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Mark McKay claims he was vital in West Ham signing Dimitri Payet.

Prominent agent Mark McKay has told French football website Le10 Sport that he helped West Ham save millions in their deal for Dimitri Payet.

The Hammers were one of the busiest Premier League sides this summer, bringing in a total of 11 players as Darren Randolph, Carl Jenkinson, Angelo Ogbonna, Stephen Hendrie, Pedro Obiang, Alex Song, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic all arrived in East London.

However, their biggest signing of the summer was certainly French international playmaker Dimitri Payet, who arrived from Marseille with a huge reputation.

The 28-year-old racked up seven goals and 17 assists for Marseille last season, establishing himself as one of the most dangerous attacking midfielder in Europe in the process.

His move to Upton Park therefore raised eyebrows, and with one goal and one assist in his opening four Premier League games, Payet has made a bright start to life in England.

Now, Payet's agent Mark McKay has discussed the deal in an interview with Le10 Sport, suggesting that he saved West Ham million of pounds as Marseille wanted between £18.2m and £21.9m - whereas West Ham paid just £10.7m, according to The Guardian.

"Everyone wanted Payet," said McKay. "We showed the way to West Ham. If they were going to discuss with Marseille without us, they would have ended up paying €25m or €30m. When a club in the Premier League target players in France, the prices are doubled. I can understand that. Apart from PSG and some big European teams, nobody can compete," he added.

West Ham fans will certainly be thankful to McKay for helping Payet make the move to London, just a year after he facilitated Diafra Sakho's switch to Upton Park too.

With a great success rate with West Ham so far, McKay may well be called upon again in the near future to help West Ham sign more impressive players.

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