Four Premier League replacements for Payet
In unquestionably the biggest story in the Premier League today, manager Slaven Bilic has unexpectedly revealed that talismanic attacker Dimitri Payet wants to leave West Ham.
SB: "We have said we don't want to sell our best players but @dimpayet17 does not want to play for us. We are not going to sell him.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2017
The French maestro was a revelation for the Hammers last season, arriving from Marseille for an £11m fee and going on to earn a PFA Player of the Year nomination for a potent return of nine goals and twelve assists.
That, coupled with some spectacular goals for France at Euro 2016, has seen Payet’s stock rise exponentially over the past 18 months. Now considered to be the top talent outside of Europe’s elite, it appears the 29-year-old’s ‘head has been turned’, to use the old cliche.
Of course, the news leaves West Ham in an incredibly tricky situation; Payet’s absence severely reduces the attacking quality of their starting XI, but Bilic only has a matter of weeks to find a solution before the January transfer window closes. Likewise, the Hammers need a replacement who can hit the ground running – suggesting he’ll probably need to be already plying his trade in the Premier League.
But the Irons certainly aren’t strapped for cash and selling Payet would further increase Bilic’s transfer budget. So with that in mind, we take a look at FOUR Premier League replacements West Ham should consider.