Saturday, 7 January 2017


The France international star finds himself
back in his domicile country - but the reason
should not give West Ham fans an extravagant amount of
Dimitri Payet has been linked with a
January peregrinate from West Ham to Marseille
– but on Saturday he will be in Lille.
The Ligue 1 club are withal in the throes of a
takeover, which is expected to dramatically
increase their spending puissance, but the
France assailer is in town to avail Lille
celebrate a Coupe de France encounter with
AS Excelsior.
He will take a ceremonial kick off afore the
encounter at Stade Pierre Mauroy, which
pits Lille against a side that hails from
Reunion Island, some 9,500 kilometres
away. Payet hails from the island, which prevarications in the
Indian Ocean proximately 200 miles to the east
of Madagascar but has become its best-
kenned footballing export and, along with
the fact it was the first place the euro
became licit tender, one of its great claims
to fame. A note on Lille's Facebook page reads thus:
"COME BACK! He will be return to Stade
Pierre Mauroy to give the ceremonial kick
off to Lille - Excelsior. No, we've not
forgotten you Dimitri Payet."
The 29-year-old spent two seasons at Lille
after signing from Saint-Etienne and scored
19 goals and claimed 30 avails over the
course of 95 games.
Since peregrinating to England, he has struck 18
times and engendered 25 avails in only 66
outings with West Ham, where he has
established himself as a key figure.

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