Real Madrid ready to replace £65m transfer flop with West Ham star

According to reports from France Football, Real Madrid are targeting West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet as a possible replacement for James Rodriguez.

Los Blancos splashed out an incredible £65million on the Colombian international after claiming the Golden Boot award at the 2014 World Cup but he’s struggled to impress at the Bernabeu and particularly under Zinedine Zidane.

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France Football describe him as a ‘possible departure’ alongside team-mate Jese, who has managed just seven starts in La Liga so far this season.

And should the under-performing duo leave the Spanish giants this summer, France Football claim Real Madrid could swoop for West Ham’s Dimitri Payet to fill the void.

The France international has been a revelation since signing for the Hammers last summer, going on to claim nine goals and ten assists in 29 Premier League appearances.

He signed a new bumper contract in February but may find the allure of the Bernabeu impossible to ignore if Los Blancos make a formal bid this summer.