Liverpool weighing up swoop for EPL ace: Player wants out, Klopp is big fan

LIVERPOOL are weighing up a switch for West Ham star Dimitri Payet.

Irons chief Slaven Bilic revealed the news in a press conference on Thursday ahead of his team’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as shared by West Ham’s Twitter account:

Kieran Gill of the Daily Mail added further information from the Hammers boss:

He also added that Payet will not be with the first team for the time being and even suggested that transfer rules may have been broken, per Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports:

It’s claimed Liverpool could now also launch a bid to try and tempt West Ham into a January deal.

Cheshire Today report the Anfield giants are pondering a bid for Payet, 29.

They report Liverpool have been monitoring the situation, but would have to bid around £25m to even grab the attention of Bilic’s man.

In his column for the Daily Mail back in April, Carra raved:

“There is no doubt he [Payet] will be on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award. It has been a joy to watch Payet play this season. He has set the Premier League alight”.

Liverpool tried to sign the midfield ‘maestro‘  in the distant past, and Carra confirmed this:

“Payet has captured the imagination. I know Liverpool looked at him five years ago when he played for Saint-Etienne”.

Liverpool were linked with Payet during Roy Hodgson’s reign, and at the time, the Daily Mail reported:

“Saint-Etienne have warned Liverpool off a move for Dimitri Payet”.

Payet’s departure would be a major blow for West Ham, whose first season at London Stadium has been disastrous. Three successive league victories in December eased the pressure on Bilic, but his side remain just seven points above the relegation zone.

Having scored twice and assisted six times in the league this season—Payet has therefore been involved in 35 per cent of the team’s goals—he is a vital asset in the fight for survival.

Upcoming matches against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough are crucial for West Ham, so news of Payet’s disruptive request is badly timed.

Bilic’s decision to openly discuss Payet’s intentions could be considered a gamble, but Daily Mirror writer John Cross thinks it was the right thing to do:

Since Payet’s talents are admired throughout England and beyond, news that he is unhappy at the club could trigger a flurry of bids in the coming weeks.

Not only do West Ham need to fend off these approaches, but they must find a way to ensure Payet acts in a professional manner if and when he returns to the pitch. Their place in the Premier League may depend on it.

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