Everyone in the Football Transfer Tavern thought that Dimitri Payet was, without doubt, one of the standout Premier League players of last season…
The Frenchman was named West Ham’s Player of the Year after grabbing nine goals and 12 assists last season, all while entertaining fans at the Boleyn Ground with his tricky dribbling and dazzling skills.
Unfortunately for Hammers fans, when you have a player at the level of Payet, you often have to do deal with the transfer speculation that comes with it.
Payet’s performances for France at Euro 2016 only served to heighten his appeal, with some Hammers fans at the Tavern already preparing for life without their star.
In the end, Bilic was able to hold onto his man for at least another season. However, after West Ham’s nightmare start to the season – which sees them in 18th place after picking up only four points from their opening seven games – Payet may well be looking at forcing a big move sooner rather than later.
It’s not all bad news for Hammers fans though – here at the Tavern we’ve got two great players who could replace the Frenchman…
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