Andy Carroll makes bold claim about West Ham summer signing Dimitri Payet

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Andy Carroll has hailed West Ham team-mate Dimitri Payet.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has told the club's official website that Dimitri Payet could become one of their best signings of all time.

Payet, 28, was seen as West Ham's marquee signing of the summer having arrived with a huge reputation from Marseille, and it's fair to say that he has lived up to expectations so far.

The French playmaker has racked up four goals and three assists in just eight Premier League games this season, and his exceptional displays have earned rave reviews from fans, pundits and managers throughout the campaign.

Now, his team-mate Andy Carroll has joined in with the praise, telling the club's official website that Payet could become one of the club's best ever signings if he continues in this vein of form, and discussed just what the Frenchman is like during training sessions.

"Dimitri Payet has been a fantastic signing and he could go on to become one of the best signings that the Club has seen for years. The quality he has got is fantastic," said Carroll. "In training he is different class and he can pick you out from any area of the pitch. He gets the ball and you know he is going to pick someone out," he added.

26-year-old striker Carroll has, conversely, struggled to live up to his potential at Upton Park, with a spate of injuries diminishing his impact for the Hammers.

Yet, the former Newcastle and Liverpool man will know that, if he can get himself fit on a consistent basis, he will have a superb supply line from Payet.

The star playmaker's delivery in to the box would give Carroll great opportunities to use his height and unparalleled aerial ability - and whilst recent years have been tough for the English striker, he will be eager to play with Payet on a regular basis after a remarkable start to the season from the summer signing.

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