West Ham goalie Adrian places Dimitri Payet alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, also praises Michail Antonio

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The Spanish stopper has been lavishing praise on his team-mates.

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has been discussing the form of two of West Ham's summer signings - in conversation with Spanish paper Marca.

West Ham are having an excellent season and the form of Dimitri Payet has been key to their success.

The Frenchman has been one of the best signings in the Premier League this season and is thriving in the Hammers side.

Adrian was asked by Marca whether he would place Payet alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - and this is how he answered:

"I would place him with the best.

"Just see the goals and assists he has generated he is without faults.

"He is a different player. Has magic feet: takes passes and shots where there are none.

"He is a player that has made ​​us grow."

A bold claim but Payet has certainly been one of the best players in the Premier League this season.

It was not just Payet that he had praise for.

Adrian also spoke highly of in-form winger Michail Antonio. The former Nottingham Forest star initially struggled for first-team football at West Ham but is now a regular starter and has scored five goals in his last eight games.

Adrian said of Antonio:

"He's amazing. He came to us with a lot of goals at Nottingham Forest, but in the first third of the season did not have many opportunities.

"He is now scoring goals, but is also a born worker: defend, attack, fight..."

The two summer recruits have no doubt improved the West Ham side this season. Their performances have helped them enter the battle for the Champions League places with only a handful of games remaining.

West Ham fans will hope the pair can continue to impress, as they look to seal a memorable top four finish.

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