Friday, June 26
West Ham have finally signed Dimitri Payet after a medical that seemed to take forever and the worrying news that Everton were trying to hijack the deal. But we've got him for £10 million plus on a five-year-deal. The downside is that he's 28 and won't have much resale value, but if he is the world class player David Sullivan promises then we may have someone who can propel us to the top eight. His departure has left some bitterness at Marseille and it sounds like his agent is the sort who will try to shift him on if he has a good season. But we've certainly missed a creator and it's intriguing to wonder where he'll fit into the side. He could play as a number ten behind Carroll or Sakho, as a midfielder perhaps replacing Downing in the diamond or out wide. And anyone who creates the number of goals he did last season — a whopping 21 plus seven himself — should be work watching. And all for the same price as Matt Jarvis.