Everton are on the hunt for a creative attacker this summer, and the shock availability of Dimitri Payet should have alarm bells ringing at Goodison.
Marseille are touting Payet around, and reports suggest West Ham are considering a shock swoop for their former star, but Everton should absolutely throw their hat in the ring.
According to The Guardian, West Ham have been “offered the chance” to sign the 31 year-old, who spent two incredible seasons in East London.
Payet’s representatives are searching for a deal as the French club look to balance their books, and the report claims they want to recoup at least the £25m they paid for him last summer.
West Ham are in need of a new playmaker after the injury to Manuel Lanzini, but their owners are infamous for their frugalness in the transfer market, so Everton should swoop and pay the money while the Hammers are hesitating.
While £25m is a lot to pay for the player in his thirties, it represents significantly better value than some of the deals Everton made last summer, and having that superstar creative power would add to the excitement of a new era under Marco Silva.
Anyone who watched Payet at West Ham knows exactly what he would bring to Goodison. The 35-cap Frenchman can play in a variety of positions across the attack, and would most likely operate from the left wing in Silva’s favoured 4-3-3 formation, as he lacks the defensive discipline to take an advanced midfield role.
Everton’s biggest problem under Sam Allardyce was a lack of creativity, as the lethal Cenk Tosun didn’t get nearly enough chances to make his mark. Signing Payet alongside the return from injury of Gylfi Sigurdsson would take the Toffees from being one of the least creative teams in the league right up to the opposite end of the spectrum.
Payet grabbed ten goals and 24 assists in 47 games last season for Marseille, including three goals and seven assists in 12 Europa League appearances, which should quash any concerns about buying a player from an inferior league.
He is one of the best crossers in world football, something Tosun would absolutely love, and his set piece wizardry would have fans on the edge of their seats every time they win a free kick.
Silva has a lot of work to do at Everton. He needs to plug some holes in the ageing defence, inject some energy into the midfield and add some more creativity in attack. Most of all though, the Portuguese tactician needs to give the fans a reason to be excited again after the slow and turgid football under Big Sam.
Signing Payet would kill several birds with one stone, providing creativity, getting the best out of Tosun and most of all getting the fans on their feet again.
So, Everton fans, is £25m worth it for a player of Payet’s quality? Should you swoop in and sign him? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…