West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio has told The Mirror that he believes Dimitri Payet is the best Premier League signing this year - and predicted that he can 'be a cracker' for years to come.
Payet, who turned 29 earlier this week, joined the Hammers from French side Marseille last summer, and arrived with quite the reputation having racked up seven goals and 16 assists in his final season for Marseille.
This season, the French international playmaker has taken the Premier League by storm, hitting eight goals and eight assists whilst adding another three goals in the FA Cup.
The plaudits have been pouring in for Payet this season, and he's even managed to resurrect his career with the French national team ahead of this summer's European Championships, offering him the chance to cap off a stunning year in style.
First, Payet will be trying to qualify for the Champions League with West Ham, and a former Hammers star he has been compared to has now had his say.
West Ham hero Paolo Di Canio was capable of producing moments of magic at Upton Park, just as Payet has been this season, and comparisons have been made due to their excellent skill and technique.
Now, Di Canio has told The Mirror that he thinks Payet has been the signing of the year in the Premier League - and even predicted that Payet can be a difference maker for West Ham for years to come, despite already being 29.
"Payet is a fantastic footballer. He can be a cracker for a few years to come," said Di Canio. "He works hard for the team, off-the-ball as well as on it. Look at the top footballers, the ones who play for Arsenal or Manchester City, and they are not doing it like Payet. That proves that he is a very talented player."
"As an individual, Payet is one of the best signing this year in the Premier League. Just look at his numbers this season and they will show you that," he added.
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