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Arsenal are interested in signing West Ham winger Dmitri Payet, according to a report in the Daily Star.
The French international is being linked with a move away from West Ham, following their poor start to the season and Arsenal are reportedly one of the clubs interested in signing him.
Few days ago, Bookmakers slashed the odds on Payet swapping the London Stadium for the Emirates to 5/2 and now The Sun are claiming Wenger is actually interested in signing the winger.
They claim the French tactician will make a move for his country man in January if West Ham are still struggling for form.
West Ham currently sit one point above the relegation zone and unless their fortunes improve drastically this month, they could find theirselves in relegation battle by January.
Wenger has been a big fan of Payet right from his days in the French Ligue 1 with Marseille and it won’t be surprising if he really wants to sign the playmaker again.
Arsenal tried signing Payet before his move to West Ham and it could be that his superb debut season for the hammers last season has strengthened Wenger’s desire to sign him.
The report also claimed Wenger sees Payet as a good replacement for Cazorla who is out injured and would try to convert the French man to a deep lying playmaker just like he did to the Spaniard.
Now this brings doubt about the authenticity of this report considering it was just before the game against West Ham that Wenger ruled out signing Cazorla’s replacement in January.
Nevertheless, Payet will not come cheap. We will have to part with huge bucks to sign him and whether Wenger will be willing to spend big on a soon-to-be 30 year old is another question.
The French man is a quality player and will definitely improve our squad but I don’t think he’d be the perfect signing for the present and the future.