Paul Merson questions why Manchester City bought Raheem Sterling instead of Dimitri Payet

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Paul Merson has raved about West Ham star Dimitri Payet.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday that he thinks Manchester City will be questioning why they signed Raheem Sterling instead of Dimitri Payet.

Payet, 28, has again hit the headlines over the last few days, having scored a stunning free kick against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

It's now 11 goals and seven assists this season for Payet, who has made a mockery of the £10.7m West Ham paid to sign him from Marseille, as reported by The Guardian.

Payet is driving West Ham towards European qualification - possibly even the Champions League - and many Premier League clubs will be questioning why they didn't sign the incredible attacking midfielder when he became available last summer.

Now, pundit Paul Merson has had his say, stating that watching Payet in action simply makes him smile, as he is able to conjure up moments of magic, just like the free kick he scored against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Merson also told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday that he thinks Manchester City will now be questioning why they paid £49m - as reported by BBC Sport - when they could have signed Payet for a fraction of the price, even though there is a huge difference between their respective ages.

21-year-old Sterling has hit nine goals and four assists in a hot-and-cold first season at City, but some may feel that he has struggled to live up to expectations since joining from Liverpool, and Merson thinks Payet would get in City's team, or any other Premier League team for that matter.

"Payet would get in any team," said Merson. "Manchester City are probably asking why they paid £49m to sign Sterling, why didn't they sign Payet?"

"You can't talk highly enough of this bloke. He makes things happen, he's comfortable on the ball, I just love watching him play. He's one of those lads who does things in games where you just smile, and he scores goals as well," he added.

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